Thierry Henry has told Kylian Mbappe that Paris Saint-Germain are ‘bigger’ than him with the forward reportedly unsettled at the club.
Mbappe is understood to want to leave PSG in January due to failed promises from the club’s board, despite having turned down interest from Real Madrid during the summer to sign a new deal at the Parc des Princes.
The 23-year-old has been criticised for his attitude this season and took to Instagram following the goalless draw with Reims on Monday, posting an image of himself with a perceived dig at his use as a lone forward. The post was later deleted, but has been followed with reports that Mbappe wants to quit PSG after a breakdown in his relationship with the club’s hierarchy.
Henry has opened up on Mbappe’s unrest and has told the forward that the team must always come before individuals, citing his own personal experience from his time at Barcelona as a prime example.
“Nobody likes to be exposed to what you’re not good at,” Henry said on CBS Sports.
“You just don’t like it. But there is something that is bigger than anything else and that is the club.
“But did they make him feel like the club was the most important thing or did they make him feel like he was more important than the club?
“I will use my own stories. I didn’t like to play out high and wide for Barcelona. I hated it! But I did it for the team.
“I didn’t like it after a hundred caps and I don’t know how many goals I scored for France, I had to play on the left. I didn’t hear anyone say, ‘Oh, what a nice gesture!’ to go on the left instead of players who had less goals and less caps.
“There is only one rule: if the boss asks you to do something, you do it, IF it’s good for the team! If it’s bad for the team, I would get the argument.”