Mbappe: Where I prefer Messi to play

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Paris Saint-German star Kylian Mbappe has revealed where he would ideally like Lionel Messi to play in their team's attacking front three. 

When Messi joined PSG as a free agent in August 2021, a significant amount of expectation was built around the side's new offensive trio consisting of the former FC Barcelona captain, Neymar and Mbappe. 

About six months later, the three stars are yet to live up to the hype as a collective, and the club's marquee signing, Messi, has had a somewhat underwhelming start to life in Paris. 

While the trio has gelled at times, injuries and COVID-19 have disrupted any sort of real consistency between the attackers, with the Argentine having missed at least eight games for PSG since joining.

Scroll through the gallery above to see Mbappe, Messi and Neymar's goal contributions for PSG so far this season

Mbappe, who is Les Parisiens' top goalscorer so far this season, believes he knows which position can help get the best out of Messi. 

"It's better when Leo is in the middle? Yes, but I'm not the coach," the 23-year-old told Amazon Prime after PSG's 5-1 win over reigning Ligue 1 champions Lille. 

"Leo is a player who needs to be on the ball, to feel the game and the match to be involved. I think it's a good position for him, he's free, he can move around and take off. 

"Me, I can play everywhere. I started in the middle, then on the right and now on the left, but I still have a certain freedom in my movements."

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Mbappe also suggested that he expects Neymar to go straight into the team when the Brazilian returns from an ankle injury. 

"We are fine like this but we'll have to make room for Neymar because he's an important player who changes our team," he added.

"We’ll see what happens when he comes back, and we hope he comes back as soon as possible." 

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