Randal Kolo Muani (25) sat down with Onze Mondial to discuss his difficult start to life at Paris Saint-Germain. Having signed for PSG for 90M€ on September 1, things haven’t always been smooth for the former Eintracht Frankfurt striker, eight goals and three assists in 23 matches in all competitions belying the French international’s difficulties in integrating into his hometown team.
In quotes relayed by L’Équipe , the Parisian native, from the same suburb (Bondy) as a certain Kylian Mbappé, tells all about dealing with the critics and life in Luis Enrique’s table-topping side:
“I’ve seen the criticism since my arrival at PSG. Critics make me evolve, it’s good to hear, like advice. You have to take criticism into account and get better so that it disappears, it’s logical. Honestly, I didn’t expect that, I didn’t expect to have such an impact when arriving in Paris. When I come out of a match, I stay with my loved ones and my family. I try not to use my telephone, I try to cut myself off from the world. I saw alot of things happen that affected me at the start”.
Having only made six starts so far, Kolo Muani has had to be content with a substitute role and recognises that he is not yet operating at maximum potential in the capital:
“If I was a journalist, what question would I ask Randal Kolo Muani? I would ask him: ” Mr. Kolo Muani, are you aware that you haven’t met expectations?” I would throw a curveball like that. I would look Kolo Muani right in the eyes to see how much my question hurts him, I would respond with ” I am giving everything to address the situation” I need confidence, If a striker is low on confidence, of course he’s going to have a difficult moment.”
After last year’s impressive season in Germany with Frankfurt (23 goals and 14 assists in 46 matches), the striker believes he can turn the tide:
” In Germany, I was confident, that’s why I felt fulfilled on the pitch. I just need to be happy and confident and everything will flow. Today, I’m happy, but I’m not as happy as I was in Germany. The criticism affected me at the start, I’m a human being, I’m not a wall, I’m not a robot, I have emotions and feelings, but I’m not sad. I’m happy to be a PSG player, but I could be better. “