Paris St Germain forward Kylian Mbappe said he would not let speculation over his future at the Ligue 1 club pollute his performances on the pitch.
France's Kylian Mbappe rediscovered his touch in spectacular fashion as he grabbed a double to lead his side to a 2-1 away win against an injury-ravaged Netherlands and early qualification for Euro 2024 on Friday.
Paris St Germain striker Kylian Mbappe should be available against Nice in Ligue 1 on Friday after sitting out a friendly against Germany earlier this week, coach Luis Enrique said on Thursday.
PSG began their title defence at home to Lorient on Saturday, with Mbappe watching the goalless draw from the stands alongside new signing and fellow World Cup winner Ousmane Dembele, who had completed his transfer to Paris earlier in the day.
Relations between Mbappe and PSG have been tense since the French forward said last month he would not renew his contract which expires at the end of next season, when he could leave Paris for free.
PSG face the dilemma of allowing Mbappe to run down the final year of his contract and being unable to recoup any of the 180 million euros ($195.71 million) they spent in 2017 to sign him from AS Monaco.
"What influence does the President have? On my career today, in 2023, none. He wants me to stay in Paris, my objective is to stay. We're on the same wavelength," Mbappe told reporters ahead of France's European Championship qualifier against Gibraltar on Friday.
An Egyptian sitcom gathered look-alikes of international footballers who all happen to live in Egypt: Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané, Kylian Mbappé, and Lionel Messi.
It was Mbappe's first game as team captain after Hugo Lloris announced his international retirement and the Paris St Germain forward led by example while keeper Mike Maignan saved a late penalty in a flawless performance.
As French soccer star Kylian Mbappe gears up for the World Cup final on Sunday in Qatar, the striker's presence is also felt strongly in Bondy, the unassuming satellite city of Paris where he grew up.
The battle between England right back Walker and France's top scorer Mbappe could be key to the outcome of the first encounter between the teams in the knockout phase of a major tournament.
France striker Kylian Mbappe said his image rights dispute with the French Football Federation was a "collective move" to help fellow team mates.
According to many reports, the player will decide his future and put an end to this soap opera next Sunday.
Pochettino's position came under scrutiny after PSG were knocked out of the Champions League in the last 16.
The exception was Kylian Mbappe. The volume rose for the names of Neymar and Messi.
The France star has long been linked with a move to Madrid, who reportedly tabled an unsuccessful offer worth up to 180 million euros ($200 million) for Mbappe in August.
Ronaldo, 36, rejoined United from Juventus in August after 12 years away, while Messi has swapped boyhood club Barcelona to join Paris St Germain.
Kylian Mbappe is "relaxed" and not unsettled despite ongoing speculation about his future, Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino insisted on Thursday.
Italy's match on Friday with Turkey will kick off Euro 2020, which was postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mbappe has long been linked with an eventual move to Madrid, who courted him as a teenager before he signed for first club Monaco.