Lionel Messi has disclosed that Real Madrid target Kylian Mbappe speaks “excellent Spanish” as he discusses how his Spanish-speaking Paris Saint-Germain teammates have helped him adjust to life in France.
Messi was forced to leave Catalonia due to Barcelona’s financial difficulties. The 34-year-old is still adjusting to life away from Camp Nou, scoring only once in five outings for PSG across all competitions thus far.
Despite admitting that leaving the club where he spent 21 years was painful and admitting that he feels “a little bit lost” in Paris, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner believes that having players who speak the same language as him in the dressing room has helped.
“I knew I was moving to a new nation and would have to start from zero,” Messi explained to France Football. “Knowing I had pals in the locker room helped me believe that things would be simpler to adjust to.”
“And I was right because it was effortless to settle, especially because there are many players who speak Spanish, like me, and some friends like ‘Ney’ [Neymar], ‘Lea’ [Leandro Paredes], and ‘Fideo’ [Angel Di Maria], who helped me when I came.”
France star Mbappe was also addressed, with Messi admiring his mastery of the Spanish language. Mbappe has stated that he informed PSG in July that he would not sign a new contract.
“It’s simple to get along with a player like [Mbappe].” “Kylian also speaks great Spanish, so we have nice interactions off the field as well,” Messi said.
“It makes life easier.” I’ve only been here a short time, so it’s too soon to form any judgments. But I’m confident that everything will turn out OK.”
PSG eventually turned down three proposals for Mbappe, the latest of which was believed to be worth close to €200 million for a player whose contract expires at the end of the season.
Expectations are high for Messi, Neymar, and Mbappe, who formerly formed two-thirds of the formidable ‘MSN’ trident at Barcelona alongside Luis Suarez, scoring a record 364 goals in 450 combined games.
Messi and Neymar have provided one goal so far, while Mbappe has four goals and five assists in all competitions.