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PSG: Kylian Mbappé helped for this big move in the transfer window
Posted on September 8, 2022 at 07:30 by Guillaume de Saint Sauveur
While PSG put no less than €40m on the table to recruit Vitinha, who quickly established himself as a major element of Christophe Galtier’s eleven-type, the Portuguese midfielder indicated that the presence of Kylian Mbappé had been a major element in his eyes.
As soon as he took up the position of sports adviser to the PSG en lieu and in place of Leonardo at the beginning of summer, Luis Campos quickly decided to go all out for one of his Portuguese compatriots playing in FC Porto : Vitinha. This is how a check for €40 million, corresponding to the amount of his release clause, was paid by the PSG for the Lusitanian midfielder, who was the very first signing of the transfer window. And this choice paid off.
Vitinha already essential to PSG
Indeed, from the first weeks of official competition and after a convincing summer preparation in Japan, Vitinha has managed to establish itself as an indispensable part of the midfield of the PSG next to Mark Verrattiand the Portuguese international was therefore certainly the right pick of the transfer window summer of Luis Fields. His new XXL performance against the Juventus Torino Tuesday evening in the Champions League (2-1) also confirms his excellent state of form in PSG.
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Mbappé decisive in the eyes of Vitinha
Asked at the microphone of RMC Sport after the meeting, Vitinha spoke about his successful integration into the PSG : “ I feel very comfortable because my teammates make me feel that way. I feel very good, whether on the pitch or off here in Paris “. It must be said that this career choice of the Portuguese midfielder was notably dictated by the extension of the contract of Kylian Mbappewhich was an additional argument for bringing it from FC Porto : “ I wanted to play with the best players and he is one of the best players in the world. For us, it’s easier because we have the best with us », admits Vitinha.
Galtier packed by Vitinha
At the end of August, after the cardboard PSG on the lawn of LOSC (7-1), Christophe Galtier was also enthusiastic at a press conference on the recruitment of Vitinha : “ When Luis told me quickly about Viti’, I knew him very little, and I quickly looked at his career and what he had done with Porto. He is a very intelligent player, always on the move, very mature for his age. He has a very collective spirit and is the link between the defense and our offensive sector. When Luis introduced him to me, I was very surprised at his level, so I’m not surprised to see him integrating so quickly into the system. “confided the coach of the PSG.
Mbappé very reserved on the PSG transfer window
However, on his side, Kylian Mbappe seemed much more skeptical on Monday at the microphone of Canal + when deciding on the quality of transfer window summer made by Luis Campos au PSG : “ Better armed, I don’t know. Only the field will tell. I think it’s up to the club to say if they’re happy with what happened this summer, the changes that have been made, they’ll be the ones who will answer you better than me. “, had let go Mbappe. As a reminder, in addition to Vitinha, the PSG therefore brought Hugo Ekitike (20 years, loan with purchase option of €35M), Nordic Mukiele (24 years old, 15M€), Renato sanches (25 years, 15M€), Fabian Ruiz (26 years old, 25M€) and therefore carlos Soler (25 years, 17M€).