The France international is happy to be playing alongside the former Barcelona star and is targeting the Champions League title this season
Kylian Mbappe is enjoying playing alongside Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain as the Brazil star is “like a big brother” with the teenage striker.
Mbappe joined the Parc des Princes side from Monaco in a deal that will cost around €160 million shortly after Neymar made the switch to the French capital for a world record €222m.
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The duo have had bright starts to life with Unai Emery’s side, with Mbappe scoring four goals in all competitions and Neymar getting 10 in 11.
Mbappe expects Neymar to be pivotal in PSG’s future as they look to secure their place among Europe’s elite, but the 18-year-old is benefiting from his presence off the field too.
“He’s really behaved like a big brother with me,” he told This is Paris. “For me it’s great to have a player like him with you every day.
“He’s really a great player who is going to help PSG move up another level. We’re thrilled to have him. We hope that he feels good here, because then he’ll be capable of doing great things.”
While Mbappe and Neymar are doing well in their first season, attacking partner Edinson Cavani is leading the club’s goal chart again with 13 from as many games, after scoring 49 in 50 in all competitions last season.
And the France international hailed the 30-year-old striker as one of the game’s elite No.9s.
“Edinson is the perfect team-mate for players like myself and Neymar,” said the France international. “He is always available, he’s very mobile, and he has an amazing shot on him. He’s a natural goal-scorer, a true professional and a very good person as well. He’s one of the best strikers in the world.”
The Ligue 1 giants are targeting a first ever Champions League title, having made it as far as the semi-finals in 1994-95, but 18-year-old Mbappe is obsessed with the prospect of winning the competition.
“Our aim is to go as far as possible and to win the competition, so I don’t pay much attention to the records,” the attacker said after he became the first teenager to score eight goals in the competition. “I think I’ve broken quite a few records now, but I’m so focused on winning I don’t worry about all these different records.
“I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not, but my one real obsession is to win that trophy. That’s all that matters to me.”
The sensational season he enjoyed at Monaco last season before his move to PSG saw Mbappe win the European Golden Boy award this week, a prize that only encourages him to keep going to reach his full potential.
“You work hard all year for this kind of award,” he said. “I see it as a source of motivation to keep on working and to try to achieve more.”
“I felt at home here straight away. It’s been really ideal for me to settle in to a new team. Everyone has talked to me, we joke about as if we’ve known each other for years already.
“The guys have also looked to protect me, they’ve really tried to do everything possible to enable me to focus on giving my best on the pitch.
“It’s a very demanding environment here. You have to raise your game to the level of those around you. Then you have to maintain that high level, and by doing this I think I am improving naturally. I really think I’ve progressed since I’ve been here. This is just the beginning, so hopefully I can keep going now and keep getting better.”