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Mbappé: 'No limits at PSG'

Publish on 17/01/2018 at 00:00 - S. WILLIS


Paris Saint-Germain starlet Kylian Mbappé has told This is Paris on BeIN SPORTS he has set himself no limits with the Ligue 1 Conforama leaders and believes there is more to come from his partnership with Neymar Jr and Edinson Cavani.

Mbappé exploded onto the global football stage with his stunning performances for AS Monaco last season as the teenager proved a pillar of the principality side's Ligue 1 Conforama title win and breathtaking run to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.

A summer move to PSG followed, and Mbappé, who turned 19 just before Christmas, has not only not broken stride, but hit the ground in the French capital sprinting flat out.

Eight league goals and seven assists have come in 16 top-flight appearances, while his exciting partnership with Neymar Jr and Cavani has proven an instant success with 'MCN' providing over half of PSG's tally of goals this term.

Still, the insatiable appetite for success that has driven Mbappé to his current status means he is far from satisfied.

"You always have to aim higher. You can't put any limits on yourself, because if you do, and you reach that limit, there’s nowhere else to go, but we'll keep progressing, and we'll see where we end up," he said.

"I always want more. I don’t know if that's a good quality or not, but I always, always want more, and I want to work hard to get it."

He added: "It's been a fantastic year, I have done very well. Now in 2018, I hope I can do even better and improve."

'Had to adapt my game'

That is a worrying prospect for Mbappé's Ligue 1 Conforama opponents, who have seen the jet-heeled prodigy tear them apart far too often for their liking over the last 12 months.

The fact he has continued to do so with devastating regularity since his move to the Parc des Princes is all the more impressive given he not only had to handle the unheralded hype around his move, but also a significant switch in style.

"I think I had to adapt my game to PSG's. I went from one system to something totally different. At Monaco, we played on the counterattack and we often had acres of space to run in to and score goals. Now at PSG it's different," he explained.

"Our opponents get everyone behind the ball, so we need to play a little less deep, and move the ball around a bit more, lots of one-twos, things like that. It's something I've had to engrave into my head, and, it's getting better and better.

"And I think it can be even better still - things are really starting to fall into place with Neymar and Edinson Cavani, we're working really well together. Also with Dani Alves, who plays just behind me, and Marco Verratti, so things are really starting to become more and more natural. It's very promising for the future."

'Draxler is amazing'

The same can be said of Mbappé, whose maturity on and off the pitch, particularly in the wake of his spectacular rise to prominence, is as impressive as his ability with the ball at his feet.

His potential will surely be tapped to an even greater extent playing with the world-class members of Unai Emery's squad. Among the huge names among his team-mates, one in particular has impressed him.

"[Julian] Draxler, he's amazing. I used to watch him on TV and knew he was good, but when I saw him up close I realised he's incredible. His technique is fantastic. He's changed position too, and he's adapted so quickly. He's a key man for us," said Mbappé, who is like a wide-eyed fan in the PSG dressing room.

"I play for a superb team, with great players. It's a real pleasure. that's what I feel, more than pressure – that comes from the press! But all I want is to enjoy playing and with these great players, that brings me a great deal of pleasure."

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