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Pochettino clears air on Neymar, Mbappe rift

Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino has quelled claims there is bad blood between Neymar and Kylian Mbappe ahead of their Champions League clash with Manchester City.

Mbappe was visibly angry with Neymar after he was taken off during the second half of their 2-0 victory over Montpellier on Saturday.

TV cameras caught Mbappe complaining that his teammate was not passing to him during the Ligue 1 fixture.

However, both players were pictured smiling together in PSG training on Monday as they prepared for the blockbuster clash.

Reacting, Pochettino insists the spat was simply a “small incident” which can occur between two driven professionals.

“They are fantastic guys. These things happen. There are always things between top players. They are competitors and want to win.

“I have spoken to them both individually and they have also spoken together to each other. There are photographs from training of them enjoying themselves.

“The target is to win. If there is a small incident then it sometimes creates a big wave. But that’s all outside the club. In reality it’s a minor problem. It’s really nothing,” Pochettino said.

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