Neymar and new signing Kylian Mbappe meet at the French forward's first Paris Saint Germain training session on Wednesday. Photo: REUTERS/Charles Platiau
Neymar and new signing Kylian Mbappe meet at the French forward's first Paris Saint Germain training session on Wednesday. Photo: REUTERS/Charles Platiau
Kylian Mbappe poses with Paris Saint Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaif at his unveiling on Wednesday.  Photo: EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT
Kylian Mbappe poses with Paris Saint Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaif at his unveiling on Wednesday. Photo: EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT

PARIS - Kylian Mbappe takes centre stage on Friday as the French league returns from the international break with Paris Saint-Germain taking on Metz where they will unleash their latest marquee recruit.

The 18-year-old starlet joined PSG on a season-long loan from champions Monaco in a deal that includes the option to buy Mbappe for a fee rising to 180 million euros ($215 million), the second most expensive transfer in history.

"It's a great pleasure to join this club, it's one of the best in the world," Mbappe said as he was unveiled at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday. 

"It's extremely ambitious and wants to become the best. It's putting everything in place to make that goal more than possible and that's important to me."

The France international is set to make his PSG debut away at rock-bottom Metz on Friday with Unai Emery's side chasing a fifth successive win to maintain their perfect start to the season. 

Metz are the only team without a point in Ligue 1 this term and need no introduction to Mbappe who scored a hat-trick against them in a 5-0 Monaco victory last February.

Emery confirmed Mbappe was ready for selection, and an injury to Angel Di Maria while on World Cup duty with Argentina could prompt the Spaniard to thrust the teenager into a fearsome front three alongside world-record signing Neymar and Edinson Cavani.

"These are players who for the most part have won everything already, it's going to be a rewarding experience," Mbappe said of his new team-mates. "I have a lot to learn and a lot to prove."

Di Maria is set to miss several weeks with a thigh problem, while Italian midfielder Marco Verratti remains suspended with several of PSG's South American contingent only expected back on Thursday. 

Monaco, level with PSG at the top, will attempt to extend their record 16-match winning run away to Cote d'Azur rivals Nice, whose third-place finish last season is swiftly fading from memory.

The title holders raided Serie A to draft in Montenegro striker Stevan Jovetic and Senegal forward Keita Balde from Inter Milan and Lazio respectively to try and fill the void left by Mbappe.

Monaco also have an in-form Radamel Falcao to call upon, the Colombian has scored a league-leading seven times in four outings and earned his country a vital World Cup qualifying point in Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Brazil.

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