Kylain Mbappe scored four goals in France’s 8-0 win over Kazakhstan in their World Cup qualifier on Saturday, to qualify the defending champions for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, with a match to spare.
The 22-year-old forward missed the deciding spot-kick in the penalty shoot-out as France lost to Switzerland to crash out of the Euros 2020 in the Round 16 of the tournament.
Mbappe who is in his fifth season at PSG, has been linked with a big-money move to Real Madrid. He is approaching the final six months of his contract, and will become a free agent should he refuse a new deal at the Parc des Princes.
Speaking to Téléfoot in the aftermath of his four-goal performance against Kazakhstan last night, Kylian Mbappé notably discussed his history-making performance as well as how his summer hardships helped contribute to his form this autumn.
“We’re really happy to have qualified, and scoring four goals here at the Parc des Princes is special for me because it’s my stadium. I’m always happy to play here, but the most important thing is that we’ve qualified – because we wanted it, and we deserved it.”
“I think what happened to me this summer has shaped me. To have taken hit after hit, with that decisive missed penalty and my non-transfer – it tests your mentality and your limits. I responded in the best way possible, it reinforced me and now I’m more confident than I was before – all the while staying humble and determined to do great things this season.”
The World Cup winner, became the first France player to score four goals in a match yesterday, since Just Fontaine in 1958.
“Records are there to be broken! I’ve always wanted to make my mark on the history of the France team and that of football as well. Maybe there’s a young man who’s watching me on TV now and who’ll come along and beat that record.”He concluded.