Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery has given Presnel Kimpembe a shock begin towards Real Madrid on the Bernabeu.
In this crunch Champions League conflict, Emery has benched Brazilian worldwide Thiago Silva and as an alternative gone with Kimpembe, a 22-year-old centre-back not recognized that broadly exterior his homeland.
It is a giant gamble from the Spanish coach, who additionally picked Yuri over Layvin Kurzawa at left-back and gambled on Gio Lo Celso being sturdy sufficient to cope with Real Madrid’s midfield.
Who is Presnel Kimpembe?
Kimpembe, 22, made his debut for PSG practically 4 years in the past now however solely grew to become an everyday within the matchday squad final season.
The France Under-21 worldwide now has practically 50 first-team appearances underneath his belt for the Parisians, although many in its place.
What do they are saying about him?
William Gallas, previously of Arsenal, Chelsea and others, has stated that Kimpembe is the way forward for the France nationwide staff and considers him a stellar expertise.
“I know many of people, in his place, would have left PSG,” stated Gallas.
“He stayed. And he has discovered enormously alongside Marquinhos and Thiago Silva.
“Kimpembe is the way forward for Les Bleus. In two years I see him as an indeniable starter within the French staff.”
Where do his worldwide allegiances lie?
Kimpembe has been known as as much as the French senior squad however is but to make an look.
He was given the primary call-up as an damage alternative for Eliaquim Mangala.
How a lot would he value?
It is difficult to say however PSG appear eager to maintain him.
Indeed, they gave him a monster pay rise in 2016 when he signed a brand new £45,000 per week contract on the Parc des Princes.
Given his age and contract state of affairs you’d count on him to value upwards of £60m.