Mbappe: I told Neymar to stay at PSG

Mbappe: I told Neymar to stay at PSG

Given the strained relationship between the two sides, a move is looking less and less likely. We are all very motivated at the idea of starting the new campaign, determined to work hard. "We did what we had to do and we deserved to win", he said.

French Cup champions - Rennes netted the opening goal of the contest after 13 minutes, after Adrien Hunou scored off a cross from Benjamin Bourigeaud.

The Brazilian winger, who wants to quit the French side and has been linked with a stunning return to Barcelona, looked back at his PSG teammate after he was ejected from the celebrations.

That's still a long a long way off but there were positive signs as the French season officially kicked off inside Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre Stadium. PSG's sporting director Leanardo had tried to persuade the 26-year-old to stay for another season but the latter did not agree.

Pablo Sarabia's long-range attempt arced away from goal before Edinson Cavani fired a free kick off target, while Mbappe dragged a shot wide five minutes before halftime.

Di Maria, who replaced Herrera in the second half, fired a curving free-kick to send keeper Tomas Koubek hopeless in the 73rd minute.

It was some effort but the night belonged to Mbappe -- and the Chinese fans wouldn't let anyone think otherwise.

Thomas Tuchel looks to have made a canny acquisition with his capture of winger Sarabia, who assisted the leveller, played a part in the victor and looked to be fitting comfortably into new surroundings.

"Diallo just kept attacking", said the German. "There's a title at stake and it's very important for us and for the club". We have had a great time. Marquinhos showed his quality and he was ideal. It is worth mentioning that he has yet to play any of PSG's preseason games so if he does leave, his fitness may be an issue.

It had given the underdogs some hope at the break.

Ill-discipline has been a problem for PSG in the past - they were shown four red cards in Ligue 1 last season - and left-back Bernat should know better than to go flying into challenges in such a low-key setting.

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