Paris Saint-Germain’s recent actions have shed light on Kylian Mbappé’s incomplete integration into the first team. Despite his return to training with his teammates under the guidance of coach Luis Enrique, the Bondy-born striker seems to be facing difficulties in finding his place within the squad.
The PSG management’s decision regarding Mbappé appears to be final. After successful negotiations, the French forward has been included in the squad for the upcoming match against Toulouse, which could mark his first official appearance as a starter this season. However, an unfortunate incident has occurred, as he was not present with his teammates during a special occasion in Paris.
Once again, the first-team members have seemingly excluded Mbappé, favoring one of his long-standing adversaries over him: Neymar Jr. The former PSG ‘number 10’ organized a farewell party to bid adieu to his teammates before his move to Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia. Surprisingly, every member of the Parisian squad received an invitation except for the number ‘7’, as reported by L’Équipe.
While the official images released by PSG suggest a harmonious and peaceful atmosphere in Poissy, the reality seems far from this fictionalized portrayal. None of the players or attendees at the party advocated for the presence of the team’s star player. However, it is worth noting that Marquinhos, the Brazilian center-back, was notably present and made his presence felt.
According to the French newspaper, Marquinhos played a prominent role in Neymar Jr.’s farewell party. This could be seen as a strategic move to assert his position within the team, particularly in light of potential changes in the captaincy for the 2023/2024 season. Speculations have emerged suggesting that Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, the PSG president, might appoint Mbappé as the team’s captain to secure his loyalty and persuade him to extend his contract.
The situation at Parc des Princes is far from ideal. Although tensions have somewhat subsided with the recent negotiations between the Parisian club and Mbappé, it is evident that not all rivalries have been resolved in the French capital. Neymar’s farewell party, an event that Mbappé seemingly wanted no part in, serves as a clear indication of the underlying issues that persist.
As the season progresses, it remains to be seen how Mbappé’s relationship with his teammates and his overall integration into the squad will evolve. The PSG management must address these ongoing struggles to ensure a harmonious and united team that can compete at the highest level. Only time will tell if Mbappé’s exclusion from this event was a mere oversight or a reflection of deeper underlying tensions within the club.