Mauricio Pochettino on Kylian Mbappe and rumours that he's 'difficult'
"For me, it’s not true."
Mauricio Pochettino opens up on what it's like managing Kylian Mbappe and all of the rumours that surround him in regards to being difficult to deal with.
Pochettino managed the Frenchman at PSG, along with other huge names like Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Sergio Ramos, but was relieved of his duties due to his failure to win the Champions League.
Mbappe did thrive under the Argentina native, playing sublime football, scoring goals and living up to his ridiculous hype, however, there were always problems about were to play him.
Preferably, the 23-year-old would prefer to be starting on that left hand side, but with so many attacking options all trying to be packed into the starting line-up, he was often deployed elsewhere.
Speaking before the World Cup last 16 tie between France vs Poland, the former Tottenham manager was asked what the real Mbappe is like.
"He's a lovely guy to manage. He's an amazing talent. He's so bright, his mind is unbelievable."
The pundit was then pushed to reveal whether the rumours surrounding the star striker were true, and that he was difficult to manage.
"For me, it’s not true. He’s 23 and already won the World Cup. He’s an amazing talent, but the problem is sometimes you need to manage yourself.
Mauricio Pochettino thinks the rumours that Mbappé has a big ego and decides on the team, coaches and transfers at PSG are nonsense pic.twitter.com/Echu0W6rGX
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"We are talking about one of the top three, top five best players in the world and it’s not easy for him to manage himself because he’s not mature enough, he’s still a child.
"But I think he’s doing well and sometimes people talk too much but it’s not like this.