KYLIAN MBAPPE admitted he enjoys more freedom playing for France than he does alongside Neymar and Lionel Messi at Paris Saint-Germain.

The striker, 22, scored in France’s 2-0 win over Austria on Thursday evening.

Kylian Mbappe enjoyed more freedom playing for France and scored against Austria

Mbappe has had a fractured relationship with Neymar this season[/caption]

And after the match Mbappe was told by an interviewer that he looked more free playing for the national team.

Mbappe agreed, replying: “I play differently. I am asked other things here in relation to my club. I have a lot more freedom here.

“The coach knows that there is a number nine like Olivier who occupies the defences and I can walk around and go into space.

“In Paris, it’s different, there isn’t that. I am asked to do the pivot, it is different.”



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Mbappe impressed in his free role for his country and worked well with Olivier Giroud, who got on the scoresheet playing in a central role up-front.

But Mbappe does not have a similar forward to play off at PSG and that has caused a few problems – reports last month claimed the World Cup winner was feeling isolated following a bust-up with Neymar.

Things came to a head when they clashed during a 5-2 win over Montpellier, with Mbappe demanding Neymar hand over penalty duties to him.

When Neymar refused he proceeded to throw a strop mid-game as the club agreed Mbappe would be the number one penalty taker when he signed a new contract in the summer.


There have been other signs of a strain in Mbappe’s relationship with Neymar, with the Frenchman failing to tee up his team-mate for an open goal as he wanted to score a hat-trick in a game earlier this month.

Mbappe admitted he has “cold moments” with Neymar – but he has not linked well with Messi this season either.

In fact, Mbappe has failed to produce an assist for either of his team-mates while they have set up the forward for eight goals already this campaign.

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