Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe has fumed at the club for stripping him of the vice-captaincy and giving it to Kylian Mbappe without telling him.
The centre-back took to social media to express his frustration with the lack of communication within the club after coach Christophe Galtier announced the decision.
Kimpembe has been one of PSG’s deputies for incumbent captain Marquinhos, with Marco Verratti another star to have worn the armband in the Brazilian’s absence.
However, with the skipper rested, Mbappe was the man given the armband for PSG’s Coupe de France clash against sixth-tier minnows Pays de Cassel – a match in which he scored five goals in a a huge 7-0 win for the Ligue 1 giants.
After the win, Galtier was asked about Mbappe’s appointment as captain and remarked that he had been the club’s vice-captain since the summer.
And it appears Kimpembe – who is currently sidelined with an Achilles tendon injury – was not made aware of the change, as he wrote on Instagram: “Over the past few hours I have been able to hear and read a lot about me.
“So I want to clarify things to avoid continuing to spread false information in this regard.
“I was not made aware of this decision, it is completely false…
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“Having said that, I will always respect the decisions of the club.”
Kimpembe came through the youth ranks at PSG and made 232 senior appearances for the club.
He last wore the captain’s armband on October 29 in a game against Troyes, despite Mbappe – who was apparently named vice-captain in the summer – also starting.
It caused confusion, especially with one of their own players, with the 27-year-old centre-back appearing to have lost his leadership position in the squad without his knowledge.
Galtier could clarify the situation ahead of PSG’s next Ligue 1 clash at home to Reims on Sunday.
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