Kylian Mbappe said he was even happier to be at PSG after his stunning Champions League hat-trick lifted his sideto a 4-1 win over Barcelona on Tuesday.
Their effort was good enough that Mbappe, who has been constantly linked to La Liga and the Premier League, commented about how happy it made him to be part ofMauricio Pochettino’s squad.
“We are very happy,” Mbappe told RMC Sport.”It was a very important match for us. We wanted to come here and win, and we did it in style.
“Tonight, it is magnificent but we have not won anything yet. I am happy. I always want to give the best of myself. I have not always had that success. But never in my life will I hide.
“Today, my hard work is paying off… We are feeling better and better physically after our Covid-19 outbreak.
“It would be stupid to decide my future on a single match. The truthis that it is about reflecting for the long term. I have always said that I am happy here. This sort of match makes me even happier. … The PSG shirt is one that I hold dear to my heart.”
The France international will see his current deal at Parc des Princes expire at the end of next season, and has yet to commit to fresh terms.
With the likes of Real Madrid lurking, PSG are hopeful that their star forward will eventually come to terms on a new contract.
“Today Mbappeshone and everyone is happy with the performance he had,” Marquinhos said via RMC.”When heshines, it makes all the difference. We know hisquality. He brought us this victory. As we often say, football is a team sport. But when the team is strong, it is the individuals that shine.”
Added Pochettino to the French outlet:“We have no doubt that Kylian is one of the greatest players in the world despite his youth. He has already done extraordinary things. We must remain humble. There are 90 minutes left and they have great players. There is still a second leg.”
Mbappebecameonly the third player to score a Champions League hat-trick against Barcelona, after Faustino Asprilla did so for Newcastle and Andriy Shevchenko did so for Dynamo Kyiv (both in 1997).
Additionally, he became just the second player to ever strike at least twice at Camp Nou in European Cup/Champions League action afterFerenc Puskas did so more than 50 years ago.
Source : goal.com