‘If they can win the Champions League, maybe those guys stay’: PSG have to go all the way in Europe to keep hold of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, insists Owen Hargreaves, after French giants knocked out holders Bayern Munich
- Owen Hargreaves claims Champions League victory could define PSG’s identity
- He says victory could see Neymar and Kylian Mbappe stay at the French club
- Steve McManaman says Paris Saint-Germain must win the Champions League
- He claims questions will be asked of the Ligue 1 club if they fail to win the trophy
- McManaman also says winning Ligue 1 is ‘not good enough’ given their players
Owen Hargreaves claims Champions League glory could be the difference between PSG keeping Neymar and Kylian Mbappe and having to let them go.
The duo helped the French giants take another giant step towards the trophy as they knocked out holders Bayern Munich on aggregate to reach the semi-finals on Tuesday.
Should the stars extend their contracts at the club, Hargreaves believes PSG could ‘build something fresh’ under manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Owen Hargreaves believes PSG could keep Neymar and Kylian Mbappe if they rule Europe
He told BT Sport: ‘Neymar and Mbappe only have a year left on their deals. So, it feels like this is a huge moment for them.
‘I’m sure Mbappe is thinking he could easily stay there or he could easily go play elsewhere – whether that be Real Madrid or Liverpool.
‘For Neymar, he is 29 now. He could go back to Barca or stay at PSG.
Neymar and Mbappe warm up before their aggregate win over Bayern Munich on Tuesday
Hargreaves says PSG could ‘build something fresh’ under manager Mauricio Pochettino
‘This is a huge moment for them. They need to win the Champions League. Ligue 1 is not enough.
‘If they can win the Champions League, maybe those guys stay and then they can build something fresh with Poch [Pochettino].’
Steve McManaman, meanwhile, says Paris Saint-Germain must win the Champions League to avoid questions being asked of the club.
The former Liverpool winger praised the French side for knocking Bayern Munich out of the competition but says they must now go on to claim the trophy given the ‘nature of the players they have’.
He added that winning Ligue 1 is ‘not good enough’ anymore and that Pochettino must focus on keeping Neymar and Mbappe fit for the European stage.
He said: ‘They need to win this competition. We also speak about Manchester City needing to win the competition.
Steve McManaman says Paris Saint-Germain must win the Champions League this season
He claims questions will be asked of the Ligue 1 club if they fail to win the trophy
‘Because they are so dominant in their respective leagues, they need to win this trophy.
‘If they don’t win it, there will be question marks about PSG because that’s just the nature of the beast and the nature of the players they have as they are such stars.
‘They have to get over the line sooner or later. The league’s not good enough for Poch [Pochettino] and the cup is not good enough.
‘They need to win the Champions League.
McManaman went on to say that Pochettino must keep the likes of Neymar – who hit the woodwork for PSG in the first half of their second-leg tie against Bayern – safe over the coming weeks.
McManaman also says winning just Ligue 1 is ‘not good enough’ given their players
He added that Mauricio Pochettino must focus on keeping Neymar and Mbappe fit
He said: ‘It’s a huge moment tonight [Tuesday], but can they go on? They need to keep people fit, of course that’s paramount with the semi-finals coming up in a couple of weeks.
‘They need a bit of fortune wrapping everyone in cotton wool and keeping Neymar and Mbappe away from all the trouble in Ligue 1.
‘They have a wonderful chance if they play like that and have the same type of commitment.’