“Use Your Speed” – Moussa Diaby Reveals How Kylian Mbappe’s Advice Proved to be a Gamechanger

Published 12/09/2023, 3:09 AM EST

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The time has come for soccer to see a new generation of stars rise. Players like Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappe, and Jude Bellingham have been the center of attention in recent years. Another player who is highly valued by different clubs in Europe and who played with Mbappe is rapidly rising in the English Premier League. Moussa Diaby now credits the PSG icon for giving advice that helped him unravel himself.

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New look Aston Villa is seeing its best performances in years. After the club finished 7th last year, it needed to upgrade its attacking quality. And Diaby was their signing, who bears a lot of expectations on his shoulders. However, the star feels equipped with the skills needed, thanks to Kylian Mbappe.

Moussa Diaby received precious advice from Kylian Mbappe on ‘using his speed’

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Before arriving at Villa Park, Moussa Diaby had a significant impact at Bayer Leverkusen. Known to have pace and dribbling as his main weapons, the star credits Kylian Mbappe by saying, “He told me ‘You have to use your speed’. I tried to use his advice, and I have improved. You have to learn when you need to use it. The older you get, the more you know your body and mind. He helped me with my positioning and also to give me confidence to attack with my quality”, as compiled by the Guardian. It looks like the French captain could mentor since his younger days. The duo played together for PSG in the 2018–2019 season. The club wasn’t the only similar thing between the two.

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Being of the same age, both of them play in the same position on the left wing, and both play for France together. And that would have made it easier for Kylian Mbappe to assess and advise his former PSG teammate. Diaby could not win a major trophy in Germany, but scored 49 times and assisted 48 in 172 games there. However, the player has yet to make a solid mark in England.

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Moussa Diaby’s test in the English Premier League

Although he has four goals and five assists, the Villans will expect more from the star. His team will be taking on league-toppers Arsenal. The player was signed for a record Aston Villa deal worth $65 million in total for five years. The coach, Unai Emery, is very excited about the player, calling him demanding and mature.

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The star’s journey has just started. Aston Villa, placed third in the league, has been praised for their game by Pep Guardiola after their win against the champions. But the player’s main aim would be to keep contributing consistently while establishing his team’s presence in Europe too. What are your thoughts on Moussa Diaby and his gameplay? Let us know in the comments below.

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Growing up in a sporting background, I found a passion for soccer through the remarkable 2002 World Cup-winning Brazilian football team. Watching the Premier League where Thierry Henry-starring ‘Invincible’ Gunners and Sir Alex Ferguson’s glorious Manchester United had ruled, I had my heart set on Arsenal. However, Ronaldo Nazario, Rivaldo, and Ronaldinho are my favorite players and Lionel Messi is the GOAT.
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