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Matuidi and Kimpembe discuss their time with Les Parisiens.

Sat 06 February 2021 | 19:24

The former midfielder and current central defender of PSG talked about their memories at the Parisian club.

Kimpembe asked Matuidi about his six years with Les Parisiens.

The atmosphere with my guy Presko. When we were together, we did little things; it was good

,” Matuidi said.

“More seriously, family, close friends, people like you in the locker room and outside. These are the things that can be missing from time to time. But I remain a

Parisian

at heart.

“Every time I have to return to Paris, I find the family, which is also essential. As they say, in life, you have to take off. Me, I took it, it was the right moment for me to change continent, to discover something else, and I think that will serve me for the future.”

Matuidi went on to talk about Kimpembe's progress.

Frankly, you’ve crossed a big, big milestone. For me, that’s it you’re gone, nothing can stop you, and frankly, it’s beautiful to see,

” Matuidi said. 

Matuidi also spoke about Kimpembe's tackle on Burak Yılmaz, which prevented a Lille OSC scoring chance.

Frankly, until now, even when people ask me, I couldn’t explain what happened. During their counterattack, I stepped back, and when I sprinted, I felt the discharge in the muscle, the stabbing

,” Kimpembe said.

“Usually, you stop, but I don’t know where I got the strength to sprint from, and I think I had too much adrenaline. I must have had caffeine in it the blood; I don’t know. I kept running, I made the tackle, and the moment I tackled, I felt a second shock. It was as if I had injured myself twice in the muscle. There, I gave my body to science. I said, ‘it’s a gift, you have to take.”

Matuidi also spoke about the controversy surrounding the game between PSG and Basaksehir, and the racist insults by the fourth official. Kimpembe explained how his teammates handled the situation.

“All the players understood it. Once we were in the locker room, we told the guys if we have to return to the field, it’s all together. If there is one who does not want to go back to the field, we do not go back! It was clear to everyone. ‘Everyone said, ‘no, we are not going!'”

Kimpembe said. 

“Then we spoke with the Basaksehir players, and they agreed. Psychologically it hurts; you take a hit. You are no longer focused on playing a football match. You think of something else. Even if we took five minutes later, it was going to be difficult. We decided not to play, and I think that was the best solution.”

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