Pochettino advices “Young and immature” Kylian Mbappe to leave PSG if he wants to win Ballon d’Or

Pochettino advices “Young and immature” Kylian Mbappe to leave PSG if he wants to win Ballon d’Or

Pochettino thinks Mbappe must leave Paris Saint-Germain if he wants to grow

Mauricio Pochettino believes Kylian Mbappe should exit Paris Saint-Germain to develop and contend for the Ballon d’Or in the long run. The former PSG manager has recommended that after managing Mbappe at PSG, he understands what the Frenchman needs to do to develop as a player.


Mbappe has been incredible since joining Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, netting 190 goals throughout all tournaments, but Pochettino thinks a transfer could help his career. Mbappe featured under Pochettino before the Argentine was sacked in the summer by Paris Saint-German.

Mauricio Pochettino has intimated that Kylian Mbappe might have to give up his “comfort zone” at Paris Saint-Germain to grow into a Ballon d’Or contender. Speaking to El Pais, Pochettino said: “He is on an upward path, and from now on we would have to see the best Mbappe with even better records. Evolution often happens by leaving the comfort zone. Renewing for PSG is good for the club and its fans. But Mbappe in the future will have to consider that leaving his comfort zone will bring him closer to fighting for the Ballon d’Or.”

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Kylian Mbappe for France and Paris Saint-Germain this season

Kylian Mbappe in Paris Saint-Germain

Mbappe has 19 goals in 20 outings for PSG this season. The tally is only surpassed by Manchester City’s Erling Haaland (23) among footballers in Europe’s top five leagues.

The PSG hero became only the second teenager (after Pele in 1958) to score in a World Cup final during his first significant international tournament in 2018. However, Pochettino chooses to believe Mbappe is still “immature.”

Kylian Mbappe travels into the Qatar 2022 World Cup as the hero for defending champions France, which certainly is one of the favorites to clinch the title and successfully defend their trophy. Mbappe will look to lead France as the France National team kicks off their campaign in the Middle East against Australia in Group D on Tuesday.

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