Edinson Cavani: PSG stars mustn't see ourselves as Galacticos
Edinson Cavani has praised fellow Paris Saint-Germain attackers Kylian Mbappe and Neymar but warned that neither he nor his teammates should view themselves as "Galacticos."
Speaking to SFR Sport in the second half of his two-part interview, after suggesting that he and Neymar are not friends in the first, Cavani said he enjoys playing alongside the Brazil star and Mbappe, who both arrived at PSG in the summer.
"It gives me great pleasure," Cavani said. "It is something motivating for us, for the team -- playing with top players on a daily basis is motivating.
"However, we should not compare ourselves with other teams, we must concentrate on ourselves instead. We should not see ourselves as fantastic or Galacticos.
"At the end of the day, it is football and we are all important on the pitch. We must play as a team and not listen to what others are saying."
Mbappe, who arrived from Monaco on an initial loan that is set to become a €180 million transfer in the summer, has made an impressive start to life at PSG and opened the scoring in Wednesday's 4-0 win over Anderlecht.
"For me, he is a top player," Cavani said. "He possesses incredible qualities that will enable him to get better and better and become one of the best attackers in the world.
"However, it is also important that he is surrounded by people who can give him advice, be positive influences and help him to remain humble. Kylian is already like that and I am sure that he will keep going on this path. I wish him all the best."
Cavani also said Neymar is an "important" talent and that PSG are stronger for having him.
"Everybody knows very well that to have a player like him with us is very important because he possesses qualities that few other players do," the Uruguay forward said. "He is one of the three or four best players in the world."
Meanwhile, Adrien Rabiot has addressed rumours that he does not want to be considered the long-term heir to Thiago Motta as PSG's deep-lying midfielder.
"I have never said that I do not want to play as the sentinel [No. 6]," the France international told journalists in the mixed zone after the victory at Anderlecht. I am asked which role I prefer from time to time and I have simply replied that I prefer playing a little more advanced.
"I have never said that I will not play as the sentinel. Here, I did just that at times. The coach needs us to be flexible and change position. Other players are also changing roles, like Julian Draxler as playmaker against Lyon and Dani Alves in midfield against Dijon.
"We try to adapt for the team. I am regularly asked which position I prefer and I simply answered that question."
Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.