Kylian Mbappe has revealed that the departures of Lassana Diarra and Gianluigi Buffon from PSG affected him the most as he opened up on his relationship with Diarra.
Mbappe, who has become arguably the most crucial player in the PSG squad, spent a year with both Diarra and Buffon - two experienced players - at PSG, and they were players who were important to him.
Speaking to L'Equipe [via Goal] about his relationship with Diarra, the FIFA World Cup winner said: "He was Uncle Lass, a big brother you could count on. He has often me about his career, his clubs. He made mistakes, so he gave me advice. He helped me during complicated times."
The 21-year-old added: "The highest level, he knows. He knows what he is talking about. He went to a lot of clubs all over the place. He left home very early, and alone. I always liked listening to the senior players. Buffon was also very important to me."
Lassana confided in those players who were coming through, according to Mbappe, as he stated, "But Lass didn't just speak to me. He confided in those who were coming through. He also spent a lot of time, notably with Presnel Kimpembe and he always played this role even when he was not playing. And that is very important. He was not the one we have sometimes heard people talk about. Lassana was highly respected in the locker room."
Mbappe added the departures of both players - first Lassana in February 2019 and then Buffon in June that year - as the ones that personally affected him as he concluded, "It did something to me to see him go. It also affected me to see Buffon go. Lass had told me about his plans, I knew what he wanted to do but I didn't think he was going to work that hard. Because he works very hard. I am still in contact with him."