Ex Arsenal play maker, Nicolas Anelka has boldly disclosed that he wants Lionel Messi to show Kylian Mbappe some more respect since he is Paris Saint-Germain’s No 1 striker.
Lionel Messi was hailed as the ‘best player on the planet’ by PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino on Monday September 27, in his pre-match public interview. However, Anelka accepts that Messi, who just participated in the late spring should now assume a part to ‘serve’ Kylian Mbappe.
Kylian Mbappe has 1-more year left on his contract and is yet to agree over an extension in the midst of solid interest from Real Madrid.
While Anelka accepts the PSG needs sort the requests of Mbappe, Anelka further noted he has been left confounded at Pochettino’s treatment of Messi up until this point.
This is what Anelka had to say in an interview with Le Parisien;
Mbappe has to lead the attack because he’s No.1. Messi was at Barcelona, but now he has to serve Mbappe. He’s been at the club for 5-years and Messi has to respect him.
A forward needs his coach to show him confidence, and that right there won’t do it (referring to Messi’s surprise at being substituted against Lyon).
I’m getting ahead of myself buy Messi will not forget what Pochettino has done. It will stay with him. He’s the star of the team and it was his first game at the Parc des Princes. It’s going to be very difficult to recover from that as a situation.
Anelka further added; Messi didn’t play against Metz, and for me that’s already a response. You can’t manage Messi like that. The coach wanted to send out a strong message, which is good, but this is Messi.”