- Yohan Cabaye, a sports coordinator at the PSG training center, admits how the club is working to strengthen that plot and that the stars do not go away.
Paris Saint Germain is in check with the imminent departure of Kylian Mbappé from his squad to Real Madrid. This goodbye will mark a turning point in the Parisian club, which has already set to work to change that dynamic for the future. Yohan Cabaye, sports coordinator at the PSG training center, admits how the club is already working to reinforce that plot and that the stars do not go away.
From the lower categories of PSG, they want to highlight the feeling of belonging to the club, to the colors, something that has been happening for a long time in other historical clubs such as Barcelona, Real Madrid, or Bayern. The ‘Mbappé case’ reveals that handicap that the powerful Ligue 1 team still has.
“Our goal at the center is to work with them to create that feeling of pride, of belonging to the colors of the club and to everything that PSG represents in the history of French and world football. Playing for PSG means something. The players have to be able to feel it”, admitted Cabaye, in an interview in L’Equipe.
“Playing for PSG means something. The players have to be able to feel it”
“The continuation of this work is to develop players capable of approaching the professional world and of course our first team. Every year, there are those who come close. We are working to have even more in the future,” admits the former PSG player. Nobody knows it better than him, last summer Leonardo and Al Khelaifi signed him for this new project, which has to start from the base, from the quarry.
“I have a constant bond with Angelo Castellazzi (deputy sports director) and with Leonardo. Between the formation and the professional team, this bond is daily. It’s simple, you have to speak from the heart. Having the opportunity to enter the professional world at your club favorite with these colours, this logo, it’s amazing. Is there room for youngsters? I really think so. There have been many players who have had games this season. El Chadaille (Bitshiabu), (Ismaël) Gharbi, (Edouard) Michut , Xavi Simons and (Sekou) Yansané. There is space. The proof is there.”
be the first
The second key to this plan that PSG has launched is to get ahead of it. In the past, the Parisian club boasted of signing the best players, but already when they were stars. This happened with Mbappé. He went from the military in the Bondy (Parisian neighborhood) to the ranks of Monaco. Only when he exploded in Ligue 1 did PSG take an interest in him. Why not from the lower categories? In that case, the feeling of the French striker would be even greater, which would make him rethink leaving Paris. He was not the only one. He also happened with Nkunku, Diaby, Coman, Rabiot… Or French stars like Griezmann or Benzema.
“Pierre Reynaud (scout) and his teams manage to create very good generations for us. The goal of a training center is to create the best possible player. And to make sure that we have him with us, not those others have achieved it,” he says. Cabay.
Mbappé’s departure will mark a before and after at Paris Saint Germain. That the star of French soccer and the city of Paris prefers to play in another league and another club will be decisive for the club to take a step forward in the academy issue.