The rift between Kylian Mbappe and Thomas Tuchel is widening despite a meeting between the pair in front of the Paris-Saint Germain squad, claims a report in France.
The pair were seen arguing after Mbappe was hooked in the 68th minute and replaced by Mauro Icardi. PSG boss Tuchel grabbed the France forward, who had scored the fourth goal in the 5-0 win over Montpellier, and tried to explain why he had been subbed.
“It doesn’t look good, but we are not the only club where players react like that,” Tuchel explained afterwards.
“This team shows how professional and focused they are every day, but this gives the impression it’s not always like that and I’m sad because it’s not necessary.
“I explained to him why he came off and that will be that. I always make decisions for sporting reasons. This is football, not tennis, and you have to respect everyone.”
Mbappe and Tuchel held clear-the-air talks in front of the squad, with sports director Leonardo present on Sunday, according to Le Parisien.
However, the pair remain distant with the French publication claiming “the rift between the two is widening”.
One of the gripes for Mbappe, per the source, is that he believes that he is being subbed off too early and too often.
PSG’s four attacking players, Mbappe and Mauro Icardi have each been hauled off five times in Ligue 1 – more than Neymar or Angel Di Maria.
However, Mbappe tends to be taken off earlier, lasting on average until the 73rd minute.
Mbappe, 21, has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool and Real Madrid and Fabinho has spoken again about the Reds signing the France international over the weekend.
Reports have claimed Liverpool have the funds to sign the France international, but Jurgen Klopp, who met the player’s family members in an bid to convince him to sign for Liverpool two years ago, recently said they have “absolutely no chance” of signing the player.
“Buying this calibre of player is difficult,” said Klopp. “I don’t see any club at the moment who can buy Kylian Mbappe from PSG. I don’t see any club, that is how it is. And we are involved in the clubs that cannot do it. It is as easy as that.
“OK, from a sporting point of view, there are not a lot of reasons to not sign him. What a player he is. But it is about the money of course. No chance. Absolutely no chance. Sorry for killing that story.”
Mbappe has starred for PSG since moving from Monaco in a €180million deal in 2017, but it seems his time in the French capital could be coming to a close with his contract set to expire in 2022.
The French champions are keen for the World Cup winner to commit to a new deal, but there have been no signs of Mbappe extending his time in Paris.