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Christophe Galtier has angrily expressed his frustration over the latest Kylian Mbappe transfer speculation as the Paris Saint-Germain boss wondered why his views were never believed.

In his first season with PSG, Galtier faced reports and rumors of unrest within his squad, and this week Spanish newspapers claimed that Mbappe is once again eyeing a future away from Paris.

It seemed unlikely when the French striker signed a new contract in May, after being asked to do so by such a high authority as French President Emmanuel Macron.

The 23-year-old has turned his back on a possible free transfer to Real Madrid, but has appeared unhappy at times this season, and now there are suggestions he would welcome a move from PSG as early as January.

Galtier has already scoffed at such talk, and he claimed Mbappe is focused where he should be, on delivering results for the French champions.

Those results petered out at an unfortunate moment, with a pair of Champions League draws against Benfica on either side of a 0-0 stalemate with Ligue 1 strugglers Reims.

Ahead of Sunday’s Classic against Marseille, Galtier was asked how he copes with the relentless cycle of news, focus on the team and situations like the one with Mbappe.

“You have to have experience and be of a certain age to be able to handle these things,” he said, before launching into a tirade about the media coverage.

“What I would like to say is that you never talk about football. You ask me a lot of questions. I’m not talking about you individually, but about you, the media.

“I’ve been here several times as Paris Saint-Germain coach and I feel like game after game, press conference after press conference, we have to talk for 10 or 15 minutes and maybe one minute of football. These are subjects far removed from football.

“Whatever I tell you, you don’t believe me, because you write the opposite and you say the opposite. Whether it’s the written press, radio, television, you say the opposite of what I say.

“So when I say that [player] it’s good, they get along well, they’re serious, they’re professional, they’re united, nobody’s interested. Other things are written.

“I’m not here to comment on rumours. To answer your question about Kylian Mbappé, there is a rumor that came out before the match [against Benfica on Tuesday]. He had the best answer. He was named man of the match. He played well, he gave a good performance and showed solidarity.

“As for what happens outside of that, you are allowed to talk about other things, but when you ask me questions, I answer honestly. I have a lot of flaws, but I am very honest. When I say it, it’s true But when I say these things, nothing is written in the press, and anyway we often see the opposite.

“So to answer about Kylian Mbappe, did I tell him about the rumour, no.

“I am very proud to be the coach of Paris Saint-Germain and to be in charge of these players. Please write this down and let’s talk about football.”

Talking about football is not always synonymous with reading comfort either. Galtier has won just four of his 25 games as a manager against Marseille in Ligue 1 (D10 L11), a win rate of 16%, and he has only a worse ratio against Auxerre (D4 L1 in 5 games).

The previous clashes, however, took place during his tenure at Saint-Etienne, Lille and Nice.

As PSG boss, expectations are different and the leaders are expected to get the better of a third-place side heading into the weekend.

Galtier said PSG were in a period of “very intense” matches, but he acknowledged the same is true for Marseille, who are also involved in the Champions League.

Sergio Ramos is suspended this week after his red card against Reims, but Lionel Messi is expected to be back from a calf injury.

Messi trained on Friday and unless there is a problem on Saturday he will be in Galtier’s squad.

“This is the game everyone is looking forward to in the French championship,” Galtier said. “When I wasn’t the manager of Paris Saint-Germain, I was always excited to watch it. It’s the Classic. Everyone is excited about it.”

Galtier, from Marseille, insisted the atmosphere in the PSG dressing room is one of unity rather than division.

“Of course, we don’t kiss every day, but it’s much better than anywhere else,” he said.

“It’s going much better than you could write or imagine. Kylian Mbappe is doing very well.”

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