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Soccer – Mercato – PSG

Posted on Oct 12th, 2020 at 3:30 pm by Arthur Montagne

Although PSG have stepped up significantly in the final hours of the transfer window, the addition of Presnel Kimpembe could be the most beautiful blow Leonardo has scored. And for good reason, the player trained at PSG has been shining since the beginning of the season. Analysis.

It went almost unnoticed, but at the very beginning of the transfer window, Presnel Kimpembe’s contract was extended, a little against all odds. In fact, the PSG-trained defender had had a fairly long contract for two years, he had already extended his lease until 2023. The surprise was therefore total when the capital’s club announced on July 11 that a new contract had been signed for Presnel Kimpembe, who is now associated with PSG until June 2024. However, Leonardo wanted to send a strong signal to the 24-year-old defender. After Marco Verratti last November and Marquinhos at the beginning of the year, the world champion is the third player to extend his lease to a four-year contract. Proof that Presnel Kimpembe is a player the Parisians rely on for the future. The vice-captain of his training club from Beaumont-sur-Oise is therefore one of the players who embody the present and future of PSG.

Kimpembe, boss size at PSG …

And Presnel Kimpembe clearly proves that PSG did well to trust him. It must be said that it was not easy. After an impressive start in the professional world, culminating in an extraordinary performance by Lionel Messi against FC Barcelona in 2017, the central defender stagnated a little, which did not prevent him from being called in by Didier Deschamps for the 2018 World Cup, that he was in the skin of the lining lived by Samuel Umtiti. His season after the World Cup was also sluggish, but Presnel Kimpembe, who had been gaining traction since the beginning of the year, seems to have finally regained his best level and is confirming all the promises made since the beginning of his career. The undisputed owner next to Marquinhos, the Parisian Titi, almost makes himself head of defense at PSG, muzzles his opponents perfectly and shows a concentration he did not know. Kimpembe used to shine in big games and was also distinguished by his regular fluctuations in concentration. A mistake that he has apparently erased, as Thomas Tuchel explained after the win against Angers (6: 1): “He is very, very strong. He’s a very special character, a little bit crazy, and that’s great because that means he’s always brave. He was really into his game, focused, absolutely reliable with and without the ball. He may not have been focused in the past, but he has improved a lot in the past few weeks. I am very happy with his performance. “”

… and in the French team!

And the PSG coach is not the only one who is happy about the level reached by Presnel Kimpembe. In fact, thanks to his club performances, the Parisian has established himself alongside Raphaël Varane as the owner in the central hinge of the French team. In the left axial position, Didier Deschamps tried different options to follow Samuel Umtiti after the 2018 World Cup, like Clément Lenglet and Aymeric Laporte, not to mention Lucas Hernandez, who was also able to take that position. But the rise of Presnel Kimpembe could allow the coach of the blues to finally rely on a solid hinge that seems very complementary on paper. The performance of the PSG defender against Portugal (0-0) definitely suggests that Didier Deschamps has every interest in insisting on this promising duo. Solid once again, Kimpembe especially let his power speak against a helpless Cristiano Ronaldo as he projected forward. In full confidence, he did not hesitate to bring the offensive excess to try to break the Portuguese ban. “He was already (owner of the blues). Like the French team, we only have big games, which is also important. He gained concentration and mastery. I agree with him (Tuchel), but he’s been with us for a while. He didn’t start all the games, but he did some, and that’s part of the development he’s got on his register. In terms of concentration and over time, he certainly had plenty of room for improvement, ”said Didier Deschamps at a press conference on Saturday. One thing is certain: the greater the adversity, the stronger Presnel Kimpembe. As an essential element of PSG, the French team is also close to doing the same. Leonardo quickly understood this and by renewing the 24-year-old defender’s contract, the main club is looking far with the ultimate goal of using Kimpembe as the club’s captain. A Parisian Titi with the armband around the biceps would certainly be an achievement for the player, but also for PSG and Qatar, who are trying to rediscover that Parisian idea, possibly embodied by an Imperial Kimpembe since the start of the season. And the main party seems to be on the same side. “Paris is my favorite club and my training club. I’ve been here since I was eight and it’s an honor to be able to join the club on a long-term basis. I hope to win many more games and many trophies! “, He confided shortly after his extension.