Newcastle player insists he will only swap shirts with Kylian Mbappe if the PSG star asks him first

Newcastle player insists he will only swap shirts with Kylian Mbappe if the PSG star asks him first

Newcastle United skipper Jamaal Lascelles admitted that he’s only willing to swap shirts with Kylian Mbappe on one condition.

The Magpies welcome Paris Saint-Germain to St James’ Park for their second Champions League encounter of the season, having claimed an important 1-1 draw against AC Milan at the San Siro last time out.

And club captain Lascelles emphasised that the team’s priority was to secure their first win in the competition in nearly two decades when they host French giants PSG.

Despite the summer departures of Lionel Messi and Neymar, PSG still boasts a formidable lineup featuring the likes of Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Gianluigi Donnarumma, and Achraf Hakimi.

Yet, Lascelles insisted Newcastle are treating the game like any other with their sole focus on executing their game plan.

When asked about the possibility of swapping shirts with Mbappe, Lascelles said via Chronicle Live: “It’s not something we have really spoken about. We are just focusing on how the manager sets us up as players.

“We are looking to stick to the game plan and win the game. That’s all we care about. We don’t care about names and stuff like that.”

When pressed on swapping shirts if approached by Mbappe, Lascelles, replied: “If he [Mbappe] asks me? Yeah, when we get to the tunnel but on the pitch it’s just business.

“Kylian Mbappe is probably the best player in the world. We just need to be professional and that’s what we are. It’s just about getting the job done.”

Mbappe has established himself as one of the world’s best players in recent years, having netted 220 goals in 267 appearances for PSG since joining from AS Monaco in 2018.

Moreover, in the Champions League, he has scored some 35 goals in just 53 games, making him PSG’s main attacking threat in the game against Newcastle.

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