Leo Messi said that "it's easy to get on well" with PSG teammate Kylian Mbappe and he revealed that the French striker "speaks Spanish perfectly."
Messi, 34, gave his first big interview since moving to PSG to the magazine 'France Football', the organisers of the Ballon d'Or. They have just revealed the 30 man shortlist for the award which will be given out at the end of November.
His relationship with Mbappe, the Copa America he won with Argentina and his adaptation to life in Paris, his new city after two decades in Barcelona, occupied a large part of the interview.
"With a player like him (Mbappe), it's easy to get on well, he also speaks Spanish perfectly so we've spoken quite a lot off the pitch. That helps. I arrived not long ago and it's still premature to draw conclusions, but I'm sure it will go well," he said.
The PSG number 30 confessed that he did not give Mbappe advice when he was close to joining Real Madrid in the summer: "I'd just arrived and I didn't know him well enough to give him advice. A bit like everyone, I was waiting to see what happened. He stayed and for me that was great news," Messi continued.
The Barca trio compared to the PSG one
The Argentine was asked on the difference between the Barca front three playing alongside Neymar and Luis Suarez and the current PSG front line which sees him play with Neymar, but also with Mbappe instead of Suarez.
"First the age, in the Barca front line we were all young (he laughs). The youngster now is Kylian(...) Luis is a pure number 9, an attacker in the box who scores lots of goals. Kylian loves touching the ball, he's strong and tremendously quick. He kills you if leave him the tiniest of space and he also scores a lot," Messi explained.
Messi admitted that Neymar's presence as well as that of his compatriots Angel di Maria, Leandro Paredes and Mauricio Pochettino were crucial to him signing for PSG. There is also no language barrier with the aforementioned people.
His adaptation to life in Paris
On adapting to day to day life in Paris, he said he was a bit fed up of living in a hotel, although he said it is going "well" on the whole.
"We're still in a hotel and it's starting to get tough. The kids (his three children) have started school and it's not easy going there and back from the hotel. We're wanting to move into our new house and being able to begin a new routine," Messi concluded.
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