PSG’s 22/23 predicted XI – Arsenal talent Saliba joins Mbappe and Messi

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The news sent shockwaves around the footballing world and sport as a whole when it was announced that Kylian Mbappe will now stay at PSG, with the forward rejecting a move to Real Madrid that has been in the making for years.

For months it appeared that the 23-year-old superstar was ready to move on from Paris to join Madrid as their long-term striking replacement for Karim Benzema. However, to the surprise of many, Mbappe has decided to stay with PSG for the coming years.

A move that will reportedly see the attacker gain almost owner-like status at PSG in an incredible gamble by the French giants, Mbappe staying is huge for the Ligue 1 champions, and could also improve the squad beyond belief next season.

With that in mind, HITC Sport take a look at what PSG’s starting XI could look like next season, especially with the Parisian side giving Mbappe control over what signings can be made in the summer.

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GK – Gianluigi Donnarumma

Despite a horrorshow in the UEFA Champions League against Real Madrid, Gianluigi Donnarumma remains one of the best keepers in world football, and the Italian will retain his spot next season.

With Keylor Navas set to depart this summer according to reports, the shot-stopper will be untested for the no. 1 position in Paris, and Donnarumma can focus on becoming one of the best keepers in football.

CB – Presnel Kimpembe

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In our predicted XI, we think one Antonio Conte could be appointed by PSG to replace Mauricio Pochettino, hence the 3-5-2 formation. Yet regardless of if the Tottenham boss is signed, this system change will bring the best out of the French side, especially for Presnel Kimpembe.

The PSG defender is a solid player, but in a back-three, the France international will have more protection at the back, and as we have seen from the likes of Chelsea and England, an extra center-back can go a long way in getting the best out of Kimpembe.

CB – Marquinhos

Since the departure of Thiago Silva, Marquinhos has manned the PSG defense to excellent effect, and this season has seen the Brazilian take his game to a whole new level, with the club captain impressing in all competitions.

Now aged 28, the defender is in the prime of his career, and Marquinhos will play a huge role for PSG in the coming years if they are to win the Champions League with Mbappe now set to stay at the club.

CB – William Saliba

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The first of only two new signings for PSG’s XI, William Saliba enjoyed an incredible year with Olympique Marseille, with the defender named in the Team of the Season for Ligue 1 and winning the division’s Young Player of the Season award.

With an exit from Arsenal now being reported, PSG could be a perfect club for Saliba given their need for an extra quality center-back and the fact that the 21-year-old is from the same area of ​​Paris as Mbappe, with the pair both being coached by the same people.

RM – Achraf Hakimi

A change to a 3-5-2 system will not only add some much-needed defensive cover, but it will also allow Achraf Hakimi to play a more advanced role on the right-hand side, something that made the Moroccan international such a threat during his time at Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan.

The Real Madrid academy product had a strong first year with PSG, yet in a new system, Hakimi could become one of the club’s most dangerous players, especially in our predicted XI with the attacking front-three on offer.

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CM – Sergej Milinkovic-Savic

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The second signing PSG could make this summer, Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is reportedly set to finally leave the Serie A side, and the Serbian international could be perfect for what the Ligue 1 giants need.

A reported £ 67m target for Tottenham, as well, Milinkovic-Savic is in the prime of his career and remains one of the most complete midfielders in world football, something that PSG could use given their current options in the position.

CM – Marco Verratti

As with Marquinhos, Marco Verratti has been an ever-presence with PSG since his arrival, and the Italian has this season taken his game to incredible new heights, with the midfielder the star of the show against Real Madrid earlier in the campaign.

With a long-term contract to PSG, Verratti is going nowhere this summer, and the midfielder will play an instrumental role next season for the club if they’re to finally add the Champions League to their growing trophy collection.

LM – Nuno Mendes

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PSG beat a lot of big sides to sign Nuno Mendes last summer on an initial loan deal from Sporting Lisbon, though whilst many expected the teenager just to play a squad role for Pochettino, the defender blew away all expectations and become a key player for the French side.

Named in the Ligue 1 Team of the Season and becoming a regular for Portugal’s senior side, Mendes is reportedly set to join PSG on a permanent deal this summer, with the left-back likely to become the next long-term part of the club’s squad .

CAM – Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi’s first year in France might have been a struggle, but one does not simply exclude the greatest player of all time off a predicted XI for PSG next season.

The 34-year-old’s ability to play multiple roles means Messi is tailormade to play at attacking midfield next season, and the extra solidity in both defense and midfield means that the Argentine is free to roam the front line as he pleases.

ST – Kylian Mbappe

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Mbappe is the man of the hour after rejecting a move to Real Madrid to stay with PSG, a decision that has shifted the football landscape once more and made the upcoming transfer window that more interesting.

With 39 goals and 26 assists in all competitions this season, Mbappe has been one of the most productive attackers in Europe’s top-five leagues this campaign, and with the striker set to stay on with PSG, there’s no telling how far the attacker can go in the coming seasons.

ST – Neymar

With Mbappe and Messi at the club, it’s often easy to forget that Neymar is still a PSG player, though just like his former FC Barcelona teammate, the Brazilian’s season has not been one to write home about.

Injuries have plagued the 30-year-old, and although Neymar’s future is currently up in the air, PSG would be foolish to let the superstar attacker leave this summer now that Mbappe is set to stay for a few more years.

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