Kimpembe to stay and fight

Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe says he wants to extend his stay with the Ligue 1 champions following his breakthrough into the first team.

The 21-year-old made the step up from the PSG B side in 2014 after joining the club from AS Eragny.

He was called into Unai Emery's starting XI as a replacement for the injured Thiago Silva and has since impressed, albeit in a limited role from the bench.

Speaking to L'Equipe, Kimpembe said: "I have always wanted to stay. The club respects me and I respect them back. I have set myself a goal of 20-25 matches this season, I will take stock of that at the end of the season.

"It would be a dream to extend my contract here but we must reach an agreement first. I am not going to sign a new deal just to please the club and they are not going to make me happy by simply offering me a contract."

With David Luiz having left to rejoin Chelsea, Kimpembe is expecting more game-time this season, although he remains behind Silva and Marquinhos in the pecking order.

"Having played alongside great defenders has helped me to grow," he added. "This has surely enabled me to make an impression and be where I am today. This summer, I felt as if I had gone up a level and I hope this is not the last time.

"I know Thiago will return and that will complicate things a little, Marquinhos too. They are both indisputable starters. You can only grow through competition though."

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