The duo will reunite at Paris Saint-Germain after being part of opposing teams in Qatar
According to Paris Saint-Germain coach Christophe Galtier, there are no lingering tensions between Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe, despite the pair clashing in the World Cup final in Qatar earlier in the season. month.
PSG teammates Messi and Mbappe experienced contrasting emotions at the Lusail stadium on December 18, when Argentina beat France on penalties to claim the title.
Mbappe is already back in training in Paris ahead of the resumption of the Ligue 1 season on Wednesday, when PSG host Strasbourg.
Meanwhile, Messi is expected to join the team in early January after enjoying the wild World Cup celebrations in his homeland.
PSG boss Galtier said on Tuesday he didn’t expect any rift between the two star strikers.
“There is no reason to mix everything up in the relationship between Kylian and Leo [Messi]”, Galtier said, quoted by Reuters.
“Kylian has a very good attitude after losing the World Cup. When you lose a World Cup final, you have a reason to be very, very disappointed.
“He was very disappointed, but he kept going and behaved, and had a lot of class to congratulate Leo and that’s very good for the club and for the team.”
Messi led his country to its first World Cup success since 1986, ending a quest for a title that had eluded him during his illustrious career.
Mbappe found himself on the losing side with defending champions France as he became only the second player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final.
Galtier added that Messi was granted leave until January 1 and was expected to return to France a day or two later.
As for the third man in PSG’s attacking line-up, Galtier says Neymar is ready to return to action after his disappointing World Cup quarter-final outing with Brazil.
“When [Neymar] returned here on December 22, he worked inside. Immediately afterwards he trained outdoors without restrictions. He’s fine physically, his ankle is fine.” Galtier said.
“On a mental level he really wants to play, that’s a good sign.”
PSG resume their Ligue 1 campaign at the top of the table, five points ahead of Lens.
Their quest for a maiden UEFA Champions League title continues with a successful encounter with Bayern Munich in the round of 16, starting with the first leg at the Parc des Princes on 14 February.
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PSG have been given a boost in recent days with reports that Messi, 35, is set to extend his stay in Paris until at least 2024 – and possibly a year beyond.
Messi won the Golden Ball for Best Player at the Qatar World Cup, also scoring seven times at the tournament, including twice in the final.
Mbappe, 24, finished with the Golden Boot on eight strikes, but that was not enough to propel France to greater success after their World Cup triumph in Russia four years ago.
Both Messi and Mbappe are set to contest for next year’s Ballon d’Or, where Messi will be aiming for a record eighth honour, while Mbappe will hope to win his first.