Mauricio Pochettino Describes Kylian Mbappe Immature as Former PSG Manager Opens Up on French Forward

Mauricio Pochettino Describes Kylian Mbappe Immature as Former PSG Manager Opens Up on French Forward

  • Mauricio Pochettino says French forward and Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe is still a bit immature and needs to discover himself
  • Pochettino managed Mbappe for some 18 months while in charge at Paris Saint-Germain before being let go this summer by the French champions
  • Mbappe is set to lead France’s attack at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar after being listed in Didier Deschamp’s 26-man squad ravaged by injuries

Mauricio Pochettino believes Kylian Mbappe still needs to mature as a player. The former Paris Saint-Germain manager spoke about the French forward for the first time since leaving PSG.

Pochettino was discussing Mbappe's failed move to Real Madrid and how it could affect his developing personality going forward as a player.

Mauricio Pochettino, Kylian Mbappe, Paris Saint-Germain, PSG, Ligue 1
Mauricio Pochettino coached Kylian Mbappe for 18 months at PSG before being sacked by the French champions. Photo by Baptiste Fernandez
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According to 90MIN, the former PSG manager believes Mbappe still needs to discover himself as a player unlike his teammates Lionel Messi and Neymar.

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"Mbappe is younger and still immature. He is an animal; he has great charisma but he still needs to find himself. Leo and Ney are total players, they are more responsible although in different ways, while Kylian keeps looking for himself."

Pochettino oversaw Mbappe for almost 18 months, dealing with some of football's biggest personalities and players while in charge of Paris Saint-Germain.

Pochettino wants Mbappe to leave PSG

Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino has suggested that Kylian Mbappe needs to leave Paris Saint-Germain to evolve and compete for the Ballon d'Or in the future, Goal reports.

Pochettino believes a move could benefit Mbappe’s career after the striker turned down a mega move to Real Madrid this summer to remain with PSG.

With 190 goals across all competitions since joining the Parisians in 2017, Kylian Mbappe has been outstanding with the French champions.

Mbappe is on the same level as Neymar and Messi

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Paris Saint-Germain trainer Christophe Galtier believes Kylian Mbappe is on the same level as teammates Neymar and Lionel Messi.

The fearsome trident - Neymar, Mbappe and Messi - have had a blistering start to the season, firing PSG to the summit of the French Ligue 1 and securing a knockout berth in the Champions League.

PSG's dreaded attacking trio have scored a combined 46 goals across all competitions this season, and will play a pivotal role as Les Parisiens chase the elusive UEFA Champions League crown this term.