Kylian Mbappe reveals that Lassana Diarra and Gianluigi Buffon’s departure from Paris Saint-Germain had a huge impact on him.
Diarra lasted just one year at the Parc des Princes, declaring his retirement when his PSG contract was terminated by mutual consent in February 2019.
The Le Havre academy product featured for Chelsea, Arsenal and Portsmouth before moving to Real Madrid in 2009.
Following some time in Russia with Anzhi Makhachkala and Lokomotiv Moscow, Diarra went to Marseille for 18 months and joined Al Jazeera in the United Arab Emirates on his release, before joining the PSG.
Mbappe appreciated Diarra ‘s guidance and also the involvement of World Cup champion Buffon, who played for PSG in the 2018-19 season before going back to Juventus for a free transfer.
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“He was Uncle Lass, a big brother you could count on,” Mbappe told L’Equipe. “He often told me about his career, his clubs. He made mistakes, so he advised me.
“He helped me during complicated times. The high level – he knows what he is talking about. He went to a lot of clubs all over the place.
He left home very early, and alone. I always liked listening to the elders. Buffon was also very important to me.
“But Lass wasn’t just talking to me. He also spent a lot of time with Presnel Kimpembe. And he always played this role even when he was not playing. That is very important.
“Lassana was highly respected in the dressing room. It did something to me to see him go. It also did something to me to see Buffon go.”
PSG were crowned Ligue 1 champions when the season was curtailed in April amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Aiming to returning to action in the Champions League quarter-finals in August.
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