In an interview with Le Parisien, PSG right-back Achraf Hakimi discussed his fast friendship with Kylian Mbappé, one that’s flourished since joining the French club last summer.
Was your friendship with Kylian Mbappé born naturally because of your age and your common passions? What exactly brought you closer?
“A bit of everything. We are two 23-year-old young men who share the same tastes. We talk about music and video games, we go to restaurants or we just spend time together… We like each other.”
What happened during your trip to Rennes, when you were both pictured sitting on a motorway service station floor?
“These things happen. We wanted to travel by plane but it wasn’t possible. In these cases, you have to stop for gas and you want to have a coke, water or a snack. It’s a moment when we had a good laugh, at the motorway service area, because we are young and we like to enjoy life.”
You are married with two children. Do you have time to go out to see Kylian off the pitch?
“Yes! We take time for everything. The family, the children… I have a personal life, Kylian does too. But we also spend a lot of time at home. You don’t have to go out to have fun.”
And you speak French with him?
“No… But it helps me a lot to improve my French. I enjoy learning the language. It’s one of the ones that helps me the most, even if it’s a bit difficult for me.”