‘This Is the Place Where I Grew up’ – Presnel Kimpembe on Going From Youth Product to First-Team Starter

After the forgettable performance last year’s UEFA Champions League Round of 16, some raised questions about Presnel Kimpembe’s future with Paris Saint-Germain. 

However, the 24-year-old showed this year that he’s indeed the central defender to replace Thiago Silva. Against Borussia Dortmund in the Round of 16, Kimpembe showed that he could handle playing in high-pressure matches. 

The France international put Erling Haaland in his back pocket and held helm quiet for the return fixture. Riding this newfound confidence in himself, Kimpembe spoke with RMC Sport to discuss a variety of topics. 

One of the first questions being, what does the capital club mean to him, which he replied by saying he’d like to spend his career with PSG. 

“One family, one big family. This is the place where I grew up. This is my heart club,” Kimpembe said. “It is a place where I feel very good and where I would like to do most of my career.”

After that, they follow up by doing some reflection on his career. Mainly discussing his Champions League start back on Valentine’s Day in 2017 against FC Barcelona. 

“A big match! And a big moment in my career! It was a boost for me,” Kimpembe said. “I think it was a great moment and a real pleasure to make my first in the Champions League, especially against FC Barcelona.”

Towards the end of the interview, the French media outlet asks Kimpembe if he ever thought about leaving the club due to the lack of playing time he received when cracking into the first-team squad. 

“Leave the club? No. Especially when you get to 17, 18, 19 or 20, I think that’s not the right solution,” Kimpembe said. “Especially when you train with people like Ibrahimovic, David Luiz, Pastore … You really have people who can bring you this experience and this quality during training, even if it’s true that the matches, you don’t play them not. You would prefer to play the matches, it’s a difficult time, but you learn a lot every day with players like that.”

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