2023-01-25 06:42:00

Kylian Mbappe's influence shows as PSG teammate loses captaincy role without being told

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The Mirror
By Nathan Ridley

Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe claims he was not made aware that he was losing his vice-captaincy role to Kylian Mbappe.

French megastar Mbappe was notably handed the armband ahead of PSG's 7-0 thrashing of sixth-tier minnows US Pays de Cassel on Monday, in which he scored five goals. The move saw Kimpembe, who'd previously been deputy for club captain Marquinhos, demoted from the role.

The France international, 27, insists that the decision only dawned on him when manager Christophe Galiter told Mbappe that he'd wear the armband ahead of the Coupe de France tie. After rumours that Kimpembe had stepped down from the position began to circulate, the centre-back took to social media to refute the claims and state that he was "not made aware" until the match.

"In the last few hours I have been able to hear and read a lot about myself," Kimpembe wrote on Instagram. "I therefore wish to make things clear in order to avoid continuing to spread false information in this regard. I was not made aware of this decision, this is completely false... That said, I will always respect the decisions of the club."

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