Mbappe's strong message for Messi & co.

Ligue 1

Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe has sent a strong message to teammates Neymar and Lionel Messi.  

The French giants had to score a late equaliser against RC Lens to avoid defeat on Saturday despite fielding a star-studded attack of Mauro Icardi, Messi, and Angel Di Maria, with Georginio Wijnaldum scoring the goal to help his side claim a point.  

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The superstar trio of Mbappe, Neymar and Messi, who have already been nicknamed "MNM" by French media, did not play together in this tie, but have found themselves under a wave of scrutiny after being slammed as "lazy" by several pundits following their recent performance against Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League.    

Mbappe has now opened up about what he feels he, the Argentine and the Brazilian need to improve on going forward, imploring that they all "must do more". 

"We have to create something where we do not see ourselves detached from the collective, defensively but also offensively," the 22-year-old said in an interview with Thierry Henry on Prime Video, per L'Equipe. 

"We had 70m to make counter-attacks [against City], it is certain that sometimes there will be times when we will not be there in defence.  

"We are aware that we must do more. When you have three players of that level, of that status, we can't hide, so we assume.  

"If Messi or Neymar has to come back in his 60 meters to touch the balls, it is sure that we will be won.  

"We must all find a solution, but, of course, we will put our own effort into it."

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Mbappe also spoke about his future, and seemingly hinted that he may just stay in Paris beyond this season after all.  

"At first I was disappointed [not to leave for Real Madrid in the previous transfer window]," the PSG attacker said, per Goal 

"But, well, I am not in the third division, I am in a club that wants to win the Champions League.  

"I am Parisian, I have my family, I feel good, I have always said it. I just wanted to discover something else."  

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