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PSG manager asked if there's a feud between Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe, blames Emi Martinez

Nasir Jabbar

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PSG manager asked if there's a feud between Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe, blames Emi Martinez

Christophe Galtier has commented on suggestions there is a feud between Paris Saint-Germain superstars Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe.

Messi and Mbappe faced off at the World Cup final, with the Argentine coming out on top to win the coveted trophy for the first time in his legendary career.

But the France forward made headlines following the World Cup final after he was ruthlessly taunted by the Argentina team, sparking rumours of a feud between him and his esteemed PSG teammate.

Footage emerged of Messi and Mbappe appearing to celebrate in each other's faces during the showpiece event in Qatar.

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Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe in action during the World Cup final. Image: Alamy
Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe in action during the World Cup final. Image: Alamy

And the 35-year-old also had a hilarious reaction to being handed a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles plushie during his national team's parade in Buenos Aires.

But Galtier has rejected claims that there is tension between Messi and Mbappe, pinning the blame on Emiliano Martinez who took at aim at the 24-year-old.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, the PSG boss said: "I would focus on the relationship between them. It wasn't Leo Messi winding anybody else up. What I saw after the final, what I have experienced, is there is no reason to mix these things up because the goalkeeper's behaviour is down to him."

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He added: "What matters to me is the relationship between the players. Kylian Mbappe had a very good attitude, despite losing. Of course, he was very disappointed, but he did that in a classy way.

"He congratulated Leo Messi and that is a very good thing for the club and for the team."

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PSG resume their league campaign on Wednesday when they host Strasbourg.

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Messi is unavailable and is set to return to training next week in view to playing against Angers on January 11.

But Mbappe is expected to feature for PSG having made a swift return to club duty following international heartbreak.

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Featured Image Credit: Alamy/PSG/YouTube

Topics: Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Paris Saint-Germain, Football

Nasir Jabbar
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