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Galtier has not discussed Pogba allegations with Mbappe

SoccerNews in Ligue 1 2 Sep 2022

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Christophe Galtier has not felt the need to approach Kylian Mbappe about his role in a saga involving Paul Pogba and his brother Mathias.

Mathias last week posted videos online promising to publish “great revelations” about Paul, his agent and France team-mate Mbappe.

In Mathias’ Twitter posts, he claimed Paul had sought out a marabout to harm Mbappe with witchcraft.

The lawyers of Juventus midfielder Paul released a statement in response, claiming Mathias’ comments had followed “threats and attempts of extortion by an organised gang against Paul Pogba”.

Mbappe has not commented on his unknowing part in the affair, although it was reported he had contacted both men.

Regardless, Galtier, his Paris Saint-Germain coach, is not concerned.

“Could there be an impact on his performance, on his mind? I don’t think so,” Galtier said. “And when I say I don’t think so, I don’t know, because I have not broached the subject with Kylian.

“I didn’t feel the need to; he performs well in matches, he’s happy in training, he’s fresh.”

PSG may have their own issues to deal with after reports suggested there were tensions between Luis Campos and Antero Henrique – the two men tasked with transfers – over the failure to secure permanent exits for a number of unwanted players.

Galtier laughed when he was asked directly about the relationship between Campos and Henrique, but his response did not reference the latter.

“Since I have been here, I have been in permanent contact with the president and Luis Campos,” he said.

“All the strategies and plans, we developed them together.”

On the state of the squad, Galtier said: “With the president and Luis Campos, we had targeted what we thought should be changed.

“I had been very direct with the players. Many players have left, many on loan, but what is important for me is to work with the group.”

In the same news conference, Galtier confirmed Keylor Navas – one of those expected to depart – would now be reintegrated into the squad and “play a few matches, like all number twos”.

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