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Ander Herrera downplays Kylian Mbappé frustration with Neymar

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League group stage tie against Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Ander Herrera was notably quizzed about Kylian Mbappé’s frustration towards Neymar at the end of the Montpellier match at the weekend.

The Spaniard, whose words were transcribed in RMC Sport, underplayed the importance of the Frenchman’s outburst after being substituted, pointing out that the two forwards get along well, and arguing that the incident was blown out of proportion by the media.

“Since I’ve been at the club, if there’s one thing I’ve observed, it’s the affinity between Neymar and Mbappé. Nothing has changed between them. During matches, we all want to do our best. We all want to score goals, make assists, it’s normal. They tease each other, they get along well, they joked about it. Under the pressure, things are sometimes taken out of context or blown out of proportion. People like to talk about PSG, negative news sells better than positive news.”

“Since I’ve been here, they’ve had a very special connection. Nothing has changed since. Every match has its chances, where we need to fight. We tease each other but in the end we like each other. We laugh together, we have a good squad. When I have a little issue with Paredes, no one notices, but when it’s Neymar and Mbappé it’s different. [These kinds of things are] normal, that how football is.”

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