Ander Herrera insists ‘there’s still time’ for Kylian Mbappe to sign a new contract with PSG… and says it’s EVERYONE’S responsibility to get top form out of ‘best footballer in history’ Lionel Messi
- Kylian Mbappe’s contract at Paris Saint-Germain expires next summer
- It is unknown whether the 23-year-old will commit his future to the Ligue 1 club
- Yet team-mate Ander Herrera says Mbappe still has time to make a decision
- Herrera added that Mbappe has a ‘desire’ to learn from star man Lionel Messi
PSG midfielder Ander Herrera insists ‘there’s still time’ for Kylian Mbappe to sign a new contract at the club.
France World Cup winner Mbappe’s contract at the Parc des Princes expires next summer and amid speculation of a free transfer to Real Madrid, he is yet to pen a new deal in Paris.
But Herrera, who himself moved to PSG on a free from Manchester United in 2019, says there is no pressure in the dressing room on contract situations yet is adamant Mbappe still has time to commit.
PSG midfielder Ander Herrera says ‘there’s still time’ for Kylian Mbappe to sign a new contract
PSG stars showed little concern for Mbappe’s contract situation as they posed with a ‘Mbappe 2050’ shirt on the star’s 23rd birthday on Monday
‘There is scope to try to renew Mbappe,’ he told Mundo Deportivo. ‘We have many examples of footballers who have done it in February, March or April. There’s still time.’
Responding to the ‘Mbappe 2050’ shirt presented to the 23-year-old on his birthday, Herrera said: ‘He is an open, friendly, funny guy. He understands life with humour and there are healthy jokes between us that make a group. We do not pressure each other at all about our futures.
‘I’m not kidding you, we don’t talk about anyone’s contractual issues in the dressing room.’
Herrera also insisted the Frenchman had a ‘immense humility and desire’ to learn from Lionel Messi, with the Spaniard stating the whole squad must try to do more to help the Argentine after an underwhelming start to life in France.
Herrera stated the whole PSG squad must try to do more to help Lionel Messi at PSG
‘Kylian will be the best player in the world for many years to come, but we all agree that Leo is number one. No doubt. Mbappe has an immense humility and desire to learn from Leo.’
‘Players of Messi’s level shorten the acclimatisation time. He will play the same way in France, in Spain, in Japan or in Madagascar.
‘He has won his seventh Ballon d’Or and trains and enjoys as if he were only starting to play now. No training action is taken as a joke.
Messi has scored just one Ligue 1 goal in 11 appearances, but his record is better in Europe
‘At times we have already seen the best version of Leo, as against [Manchester] City at home, but I think it is also the responsibility of all those around him. We have to put ourselves at his service to get the best out of him. Normally, regular players have to adapt to a new context.
‘Now it is the other way around because we are talking about the best footballer in history.’
Messi has scored just one Ligue 1 goal in 11 appearances, and failed to find the net again in the 1-1 draw at Lorient on Wednesday, though has scored five Champions League goals in as many games.