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PSG prepare to unleash Kylian Mbappe and vow to keep him ‘hungry’ for success

The youngster was a star of the World Cup.

Kylian Mbappe shone at the World Cup (Aaron Chown/PA)
Kylian Mbappe shone at the World Cup (Aaron Chown/PA)

Kylian Mbappe is expected to make his first appearance of the season when Paris St Germain head to Guingamp on Saturday.

The 19-year-old forward was rested for last weekend’s opening-day win over Caen following his World Cup exertions.

Mbappe was named the best young player at the tournament after scoring in the final as France beat Croatia 4-2.

PSG coach Thomas Tuchel confirmed Mbappe is in contention to feature and is expecting even bigger things from the youngster in Ligue 1 this term.

“He has just returned from winning the World Cup, so now he has a lot more experience,” Tuchel said.

“I expect him to continue his progression this season. We have to make sure he stays hungry for winning, that he stays focused on his football and keeps his head on his shoulders, that he keeps growing, despite everything he has already won.

“He is a real competitor, he wanted to play last Sunday but I wanted to wait a little. We will see after training if he is ready to play against Guingamp.”

PSG will still be without Layvin Kurzawa, Edinson Cavani and Marco Verratti for the clash.

But German midfielder Thilo Kehrer could be added to the squad following his £33million transfer from Schalke.

“With Thilo, we have signed a very versatile player, capable of playing every position in midfield and also in midfield in front of the defence,” added Tuchel, according to

“Our aim is to improve the squad and keep it as competitive as possible. If we need other players to reach our objectives, we will look for them.

“Thilo is a very talented player, very strong and technical. We have to see how quickly he can adapt. He trained for the first time on Thursday and the next session will be more intense. We will decide if he travels with us to Guingamp.”

Guingamp will be looking to bounce back from their opening-day 2-1 defeat by St Etienne.

Head coach Antoine Kombouare said keeping the ball would be key to resisting the likes of Neymar and Mbappe.

“Because if we can’t we’ll be constantly having to defend and chase after the ball, it’s very difficult,” he said.

Neymar made his PSG debut in the corresponding fixture at the start of last season, inspiring the capital side to a 3-0 victory.

Kombouare added: “We’d love to play a great match. The 3-0 defeat last year has stayed in our minds. We played a great match but Neymar and the other Parisian players were on top form that night.

“When they’re like that, it’s difficult to stop them.”

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