Mbappe describes Neymar relationship as ‘hot and cold’


Kylian Mbappe insists his relationship with Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is one based on deep respect, even though it can be “hot and cold”.
PSG are preparing to open their Champions League campaign in a marquee fixture at home to Juventus on Tuesday.
They go into the game having made an impressive start to the Ligue 1 season, collecting 16 points from six games and scoring 24 goals in the process.
Mbappe and Neymar have racked up seven goals each – only Erling Haaland (10) has a higher total in Europe’s top five leagues.
But Mbappe did face criticism earlier in the season for his actions during the 5-2 win over Montpellier, which included a public argument with Neymar.
“It is our sixth year together,” PSG striker Mbappe said. “Neymar and I have always had a good relationship based on respect.
“We have had moments where it has been colder or hotter – moments where we have been best friends and other times when we have spoken less – that is how our relationship is.
“There are incidents that happen, but there is a lot of respect between us. I have huge respect for him as a player and his importance in our team.
“When you have two players with strong characters, it’s not a linear thing, but there is always respect and it is all in the interest of PSG.”
Mbappe, who signed a lucrative new deal to stay at PSG back in May, snubbing Real Madrid’s interest, had missed a penalty earlier in that Montpellier contest.
Neymar later stepped up to take PSG’s second penalty of the game, but Mbappe felt he should have remained on spot-kick duties, and in his rush to raise the issue with Neymar, he even barged past Lionel Messi.
The Brazil star subsequently converted from 12 yards before helping himself to a second, and while Mbappe got on the scoresheet himself, he did not celebrate.