Kylian Mbappe ‘unplayable’ on form he showed against Bayern Munich, says Owen Hargreaves

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The 22-year-old is a safe bet to become a Ballon d'Or winner, but finds himself at a crucial crossroads



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After stealing the show from Paris Saint-Germain as he took a valuable advantage over Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals, Kylian Mbappe made headlines.

France’s World Cup winner has scored twice for the Ligue 1 giants in a 3-2 win at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night, meaning they head to the second leg of the week next in Paris as favorites to qualify for the semi-finals.

And after the final whistle on Wednesday, Owen Hargreaves and Steve McManaman sang the praises of the ‘unplayable’ PSG star – who is expected to dominate world football for years alongside Erling Haaland.

Kylian Mbappe has one more year at PSG and is lining up for elite European clubs to sign him

The 22-year-old is a safe bet to become a Ballon d'Or winner, but finds himself at a crucial crossroads

The 22-year-old is a safe bet to become a Ballon d’Or winner, but finds himself at a crucial crossroads

Mbappe has only one year of contract left in Paris and his next move is crucial – with Spanish giants Real Madrid in pursuit of the French striker.

And Hargreaves claimed the biggest clubs in Europe would all be chasing his signing, telling BT Sport: “He only has one year left on his contract, everyone is going to want to stand in line because under this form it is unplayable. “

“It would be a discounted price (if he leaves this summer),” Hargreaves added, also praising Neymar’s influence. “They are under a lot of pressure at PSG. For PSG and Pochettino this performance is essential for them as hopefully they can find a way to tie them both together. Neymar at 29 is probably not as essential as Mbappe.

“At 22, that doesn’t happen and Mbappe has all the cards, he just has to decide what he wants to do. “

Mbappe put PSG in the lead after completing a brilliant counterattack in the third minute before grabbing his second halfway through the second half – either side of Marquinhos’ strike.

Former Real Madrid star Steve McManaman believes the Frenchman's talent could suffer at PSG

Former Real Madrid star Steve McManaman believes the Frenchman's talent could suffer at PSG

Former Real Madrid star Steve McManaman believes the Frenchman’s talent could suffer at PSG

And McManaman says PSG need to build their squad around the 22-year-old striker who has the world at his feet.

“I think a lot of things have to be hit and miss throughout the PSG system,” McMnamanan said when discussing PSG ambitions after the game.

“It seems like the players are more powerful than everyone else and it seems bad sometimes, they look pretty arrogant. If they cross the finish line and win this Champions League, maybe things will start to change.

“You can see that nobody can control the players, it was the same when Thomas Tuchel was there and the managers before. If something was going on in the squad, the manager got sacked, and a new manager came in and again Neymar was the number one person in the group, you couldn’t control him and Mbappe was second.

“One of them might have to leave, if you’re PSG you will want to keep Mbappe, a Frenchman, and build your team around him. And then strengthen and build PSG as a team rather than a group of two or three really powerful individuals. “

But although McMananan says PSG should do everything in their power to keep Mbappe, the former Liverpool, Man City and Real Madrid midfielder says he must leave to realize his potential and take the relay of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

“I don’t know if he can continue to improve at PSG,” the former Madrid star said on BT Sport’s expert duty.

“I think he’s an amazing and amazing footballer. He is the rightful heir to the throne of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, which will happen now or next year.

“His numbers are fantastic. I’m just not sure if he needs to leave and join a more accomplished team, not just a team with a few stars, but a really compact group of individuals to take it to the next level.

“Maybe it’s a little strange to say that, seeing what he’s already accomplished.

Mbappe reportedly a monumental loss for PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino as he builds his squad

Mbappe reportedly a monumental loss for PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino as he builds his squad

Mbappe reportedly a monumental loss for PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino as he builds his squad

“But I think if he went to a team like Bayern he could really excel and bounce back, and get the numbers to usurp a Lionel Messi. ”

Mbappe is set to finish top scorer in Ligue 1 for a third consecutive season, having already won 12 national trophies during his career.

Next is the Champions League, which slipped through the Frenchman’s fingers last season when Bayern Munich edged PSG in the final.

The Champions League and Ballon d’Or will be key factors in his next career move, as the 22-year-old continues on his way to join the greats.

He might find Real Madrid's prospect and playing under Zinedine Zidane too appealing

He might find Real Madrid's prospect and playing under Zinedine Zidane too appealing

He might find Real Madrid’s prospect and playing under Zinedine Zidane too appealing

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