“My goal for the next few years is to have only Parisian players in our team. There is so much talent in our region”recently declared the president of the Rouge-et-Bleu, Nasser al-Khelaïfi, when unveiling the new lines of the Parisian project in an interview with the Parisian. With Nordi Mukiele, officially recruited for 10 million euros (plus bonuses), the boss of Paris Saint-Germain confirms his intentions. Originally from Montreuil and trained at Paris FC, the new right side of the capital club fits perfectly into the plans of this PSG, now 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 bring real added value to Paris Saint-Germain. Able to evolve both in the right lane and within a three-man defense – the system favored by Christophe Galtier since his appointment – the French international defender (1 selection) is therefore a valuable asset, which is more he hour when the arrival of Milan Skriniar (Inter Milan) is long overdue. New major competitor for Achraf Hakimi, especially after the departure of Colin Dagba, loaned to Strasbourg, the Montreuillois is back in Ligue 1 and intends to assert his qualities.
“We want players who love the club, who love to fight, who love to win. […] For next season, the objective is clear: to work every day at 200%. Give everything we have for this jersey, give the maximum and we will see the result. You have to become humble again. […] Whoever wants to stay in his comfort, who does not want to fight, he will stay aside., warned, in this sense, Nasser al-Khelaïfi, determined to see his PSG change in size. Inspired since the arrival of Christophe Galtier, this new discipline desired by the entire Parisian board also seems to fit perfectly with the expectations of the 24-year-old player, ready to take a new step in his young career.
Versatile and (already) experienced!
Solid defensively and endowed with technical and athletic qualities that can allow him to take the lane, Nordi Mukiele therefore arrives in the shoes of a lining for the Moroccan international Achraf Hakimi. But that’s not all. Comfortable in the axis, the one who has tasted different game systems with Julian Nagelsmann at RB Leipzig will also be able to compensate for the absence of Marquinhos or Sergio Ramos. In this context, The Team also affirmed that the sports adviser, Luis Campos, intended to integrate his new recruit into the rotation for the axis of defense. After four seasons spent in the colors of the German club and 145 matches played in all competitions, Mukiele thus totals 64 games as a right back, 43 as a right midfielder and 27 as a central defender.
“At the beginning, he had played on the right in a four-man defense, but it was in the centre, with three, that he made his best performances”explained, in this sense, Michel Der Zakarian, the former technician of the MHSC to GOAL. “This role was ideal for Nordi who, due to his morphology and his athletic qualities, has the profile of a central defender, even if he adapts very easily. Nordi is a player with character. He is set to play at the highest level., outbid, for his part, Denis Zanko, the one who launched him into the professional world in Laval. A tactical malleability on which Christophe Galtier can therefore rely. With 37 games, 2 goals and 5 assists during the 2021-2022 season, the new PSG reinforcement – who saw his progress somewhat slowed down under Jesse Marsch then Domenico Tedesco, who sometimes preferred Benjamin Henrichs – also has considerable experience on the European scene.
It was also in the legendary Parc des Princes that Mukiele scored his last goal, against PSG in the Champions League last fall, which did not prevent the defeat of Leipzig (3- 2). Semi-finalist of the Champions League in 2020 and the Europa League in 2022, he has already played 23 C1 matches. Considered as “locally trained” by UEFA in the list for the cup with big ears, the one who culminates at 1m87 between therefore, moreover, in the quota of players trained in France. Another important detail for PSG. Back in the elite of French football, Nordi Mukiele therefore seems to tick all the boxes when donning his new colors. Enough to give confidence to the one who is now aiming for a good exposure just before the World Cup in Qatar – scheduled for November 21 to December 18 – for a possible selection with the French team of Didier Deschamps.