Tuchel responds to Perez’s comments: “Everyone wants Neymar & Mbappe”

BELGRADE, SERBIA - DECEMBER 11: Neymar (L) and Kylian Mbappe (R) of Paris Saint-Germain warms up prior to the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Red Star Belgrade and Paris Saint-Germain at Rajko Mitic Stadium on December 11, 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel cooly downplayed the significance of Florentino Perez’s comments in regards to signing Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.

The Real Madrid president announced he would sign “both” stars when asked to pick between the pair at Zinedine Zidane’s official presentation as Los Blancos boss for a second stint.

Perez jokingly added: “Zidane is French, maybe he could do something with Mbappe!”.

Both Neymar and Mbappe were strongly linked with a move to Real last summer upon Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer to Juventus.

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has already fired a warning shot at Real by claiming Neymar is not for sale, despite the ongoing doubts surrounding the Brazilian and Mbappe’s future at the Parc Des Princes due to the club’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) investigation by UEFA.

However, Tuchel refuses to get carried away by Perez’s latest remarks.

“It’s normal because everyone wants Neymar, Mbappe, [Marco] Verratti or Marquinhos on their team, it does not bother me to say that,” said Tuchel, according to beIN SPORTS.

“They are top players but they are our players and it’s the most important.”

The German coach was speaking after witnessing PSG cruise to a convincing 4-0 win at Dijon FCO on Tuesday night to maintain their 17-point lead at the top of Ligue 1.

Mbappe, Angel Di Maria, Marquinhos and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting all found the net for PSG to secure a welcome return to winning ways following last week’s shock Champions League defeat to Manchester United.

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And Tuchel was pleased with his side’s “champions” reaction in overcoming their recent setback by thrashing Dijon.

“I was waiting for that because the team made a good impression during the training,” Tuchel said.

“We talked a lot. I was very calm and convinced that we are able to show and start again.

“It was a good opportunity to play again together. Having talked a lot about this match against Manchester, the team did things well with a lot of good qualities, a good pace, we scored four goals, created a lot of opportunities.

“It was the first step to show that we could react like champions. It’s a good reaction, we still have goals, we want to win competitions [which remain], the championship, the Coupe de France.”

Next up for PSG will be a home match against Marseille on Sunday in Ligue 1.


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