Club: Mbappé, Neymar, Campos, Tebas, Zidane, the complete interview with Al-Khelaïfi at Marca

Nasser al-Khelaïfi’s speech to the media has been expected for weeks. The PSG president spoke for the daily Marca, evoking the future coach, but also the extension of Kylian Mbappé. He also commented on Javier Tebas ‘denunciation and Luis Campos’ arrival at the club.

In addition to the speech attributed to Le Parisien in France, Nasser al-Khelaïfi also spoke in Spain for the daily Marca. The PSG president spoke at length on the hot topics of the moment, from the enlargement of Kylian Mbappé, to the future of Neymar and the arrival of Luis Campos. He also mentioned the future manager and denies having argued with Zinedine Zidane. The complete interview can be found below:

No interview with Zidane

Can we consider that the Pochettino era is over?

We can’t talk about it yet, we’ll do it in due course, not now.

Nasser al-Khela¨ïfi on Zidane: ” we never talked to him

Is Galtier the favorite? Was Zidane ever an option?

I want to say something important about Zidane, he’s someone I really liked as a player and I admire him as a manager. I admire him, but we have never spoken to him, directly or indirectly. I respect and appreciate it immensely. A lot of things came out of the press, but we never talked to him. “

The extension of Mbappé

He is Parisian, he is French and he wanted to stay here to represent his city and his country, his club, and what has been said about him is not right.

Mbappé’s decision was widely criticized in Spain, can you give your version and the reasons for your choice?

I have a lot of respect for Real Madrid as a club, they are a great club, but the first observation is that Kylian has not decided to stretch for the money. Real’s offer was better than ours. He is our player and he was interested in other clubs in England besides Madrid, but he chose PSG. We didn’t talk about money with him or his family until the last moment. Kylian was mainly interested in projects, football and sports. He is Parisian, he is French and he wanted to stay here to represent his city and his country, his club, and what has been said about him is not right. For them, money is not the most important thing, they want to win and they want a sports project. “

According to Florentino, the player changed his mind ten days before his extension. When did you start to believe that Kylian would renew his contract?

I don’t know what Madrid says, if it was days or months ago. I had known for 18 months that Mbappé wanted to stay and I said it every time I was asked. I heard it was said in Madrid that he wanted to play for Real, but that wasn’t true. We refer to Real’s latest offer, but this summer he had already made one between 170 and 180 million. This means that Real Madrid’s proposal, plus his salary, was already bigger than ours, as it is now. I turned down 180 million and was told I was crazy, including people I trusted, because he could leave for free. But I did it because I was sure Kylian would stay because I know him well, he and his family, I know what he wants. Kylian is very serious, professional and what he wants is to win and play, he doesn’t care about money. I understand that Real are disappointed, but it is not fair to say this about Mbappé. “

Tebas and Super League

The SuperLeague is still alive according to the three founders: Real Madrid, Juve and Barcelona believe in it. And she ?

For me he is already dead. But he is also weird. Real Madrid won the Champions League in a deserved way, but on the one hand they want to win it, they celebrated it for days, almost a week, and on the other hand they don’t like to play it. If you’re not happy, you don’t need to play with it. It is the best competition in the world in everyone’s eyes and I don’t even know why the Spanish fans are also against this competition, but for me the Superleague is dead.

Are you worried about the Tebas trial in French courts and in Europe?

Who is Tebas? I don’t know this person. Interfering in the affairs of other clubs, leagues or federations is not our practice. But I will not accept that others give us lessons. I don’t care what he says, he repeats things that have been said for years. We have a football project to build and we will move forward. We don’t care about everything that comes out of the media, because we can’t waste time with everything that is said.

He should focus on his championship because he is a bit dead

Could Mbappé’s new contract endanger PSG in the face of financial fair play?

Every year, every summer, it’s the same thing. Financial fair play, disrespect for others … We know what we can do, what we can sign, we know better than him what we can do and nobody has to tell us what to do. Someone on the outside doesn’t have to tell us what we can or can’t do. If we do something, it is because we can. Look at the case of Messi. It was the same, they said it was financially impossible and we made money with Messi. He doesn’t know and he should focus on his championship because he’s a bit dead.

Luis Campos

Does the arrival of Luis Campos have a link with the Mbappé extension?

I want to clarify that Mbappé has never interfered in sporting decisions, neither those of the coach, nor those of the players, nor those of anyone else. What he wants is to win and it is true that he has given his opinion on the project because he wants to win, but that’s enough. He just wants to play. If he tells us anything it’s him because he thinks it’s best for the club, but he never gets involved in planning.

What can Luis Campos bring?

It has a clear, different objective, even if it has others in the market phase. Young, talented, involved and with a winning mentality and players who want to die for this club. We want to be stronger collectively, so that players play more for each other, as a team and above all for the club. The club will be the most important thing. “

About Neymar: We cannot talk about these issues in the media, some will come and some will go, but these are private negotiations. “

Is Neymar part of the new project?

We cannot talk about these issues in the media, some will come and some will go, but these are private negotiations. “

Reputation of PSG in Spain, future training center

How did you experience Real Madrid’s return to the Bernabeu?

Winning the Champions League is difficult and we cannot say that we win it with certainty. But there is a foul that changes the whole game. We checked the entire game until the 60th or 70th minute. It is clear that experience is important and we need to be mentally stronger like a big club, with more confidence, because this kind of thing can happen. But we have to be stronger and more united and in the end it wasn’t like that against Real, that’s the truth. “

Is the new padel circuit another of your goals?

If we did it, it is because we are sure of ourselves. Premier Padel is an opportunity for everyone, for the players, for the sport, for the Federation, for the media, to develop this sport all over the world as it deserves. We don’t want anything closed, unlike the Super League. It is an open competition for players, we do not close the door to anyone. The conflict is the same as in the Super League.

Does it bother you that PSG is constantly being talked about in Spain as a state club?

In Spain, the state supports some clubs and more than us. A magnificent stadium in the middle of the city without paying anything? We pay for the stadium, the sports center and they are more supported. It’s not right. We pay for the stadium, for the sports center, for everything ...

What is the importance of the future training center in Poissy?

This is the most important thing for us. We will build the best training center in the world to welcome and find the future Mbappé and to receive the best players from the Paris region and France. It is our goal. “

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