“My goal in the next years is to have players from Paris in our team. There is a lot of talent in our region”recently declared the president of the Rouge-et-Bleu, Nasser al-Khelaïfi, when opening the new lines of the project in Paris in an interview with Parisian. With Nordi Mukiele, officially recruited for 10 million euros (plus bonuses), the boss of Paris Saint-Germain confirms his intentions. From Montreuil and trained by Paris FC, the new right side of the capital club fits perfectly into the plans of PSG, which is currently led by the duo Luis Campos – Christophe Galtier.
Nordi Mukiele and PSG DNA!
Passed by Laval, transferred to Montpellier before joining RB Leipzig in the summer of 2018, Nordi Mukiele above all has a profile that can provide real added value to Paris Saint-Germain. Able to develop both in the right lane and inside the three-man defense – the system favored by Christophe Galtier since his appointment – the French international defender (1 choice) is therefore a valuable asset , which is more time to arrive in Milan. Skriniar (Inter Milan) for a long time. New major competitor for Achraf Hakimi, especially after the departure of Colin Dagba, loaned to Strasbourg, Montreuillois returns to Ligue 1 and seeks to express his qualities.
“We want players who love the club, who love to fight, who love to win. […] For the next season, the goal is clear: to work every day at 200%. Give everything we have in our jersey, give the maximum and we will see the result. You need to be humble again. […] Whoever wants to stay in his comfort, who doesn’t want to fight, he stays on the side., warned, in this sense, Nasser al-Khelaïfi, determined to see his PSG change in size. Encouraged since the arrival of Christophe Galtier, this new discipline desired by the entire Parisian board seems to also fit the expectations of the 24-year-old player, ready to take a new step in his young career.
Versatile and (already) experienced!
Solid defensive and endowed with technical and athletic qualities that enable him to take the lane, Nordi Mukiele therefore came to the shoes of a lining for the Moroccan international Achraf Hakimi. But that’s not all. Comfortable in the axis, someone who has tasted different game systems with Julian Nagelsmann at RB Leipzig can also compensate for the absence of Marquinhos or Sergio Ramos. In this context, The group it was also confirmed that the sports adviser, Luis Campos, intends to integrate his new recruit in the rotation for the axis of defense. After four seasons spent in the colors of the German club and 145 games played in all competitions, Mukiele thus totaled 64 games as a right back, 43 as a right midfielder and 27 as a central defender. .
“In the beginning, he played on the right in a four-man defense, but it was in the center, with three, that he made his best performance”explains, in this sense, Michel Der Zakarian, the former technician of the MHSC of GOALS. “This role is ideal for Nordi who, due to his morphology and his athletic qualities, has the profile of a central defender, although he adapts quickly. Nordi is a player with character. He is positioned to play at the highest level., outbid, for his part, Denis Zanko, the one who launched him into the professional world of Laval. A tactical malleability that Christophe Galtier can count on. In 37 games, 2 goals and 5 assists in the 2021-2022 season, the new PSG reinforcement – who saw his progress a little slower under Jesse Marsch then Domenico Tedesco, who sometimes preferred Benjamin Henrichs – also has a lot of experience in the European scene.
It was also at the legendary Parc des Princes that Mukiele scored his last goal, against PSG in the Champions League last fall, which was unable to prevent the defeat of Leipzig (3-2). A semi-finalist in the Champions League in 2020 and the Europa League in 2022, he has already played 23 C1 matches. It is considered that “locally trained” by UEFA in the list for the cup with big ears, the one that culminates in 1m87 among therefore, in addition, the quota of players trained in France. Another important detail for PSG. Back in the elite of French football, Nordi Mukiele seems to tick all the boxes when wearing his new colours. It is enough to give confidence to one who is now looking for a good exposure before the World Cup in Qatar – scheduled from November 21 to December 18 – for a possible selection of the French team Didier Deschamps.