Tensions high between Gaël Kakuta & Burak Yilmaz ahead of Lens – Lille derby

Speaking in respective press conferences on Thursday, RC Lens attacking midfielder Gaël Kakuta sparred with Lille striker Burak Yilmaz ahead of the Derby du Nord which takes place at a critical juncture for both sides’ seasons.

Lens currently sit 5th and in the UEFA Conference League spot, which would be an incredible finish for a newly promoted side, but with three games to go, Marseille and Rennes are breathing down their necks.

Lille in the meantime lead Ligue 1 with just 3 gameweeks remaining, sitting 1 point ahead of PSG.

Kakuta confirmed that he would prefer to see PSG win Ligue 1 this season than bitter rivals Lille:

“We are focused on us, it is just a bonus. We can aim to sit higher, we are going to try to do so. And if we can stop Lille from winning the league title, that would be wonderful too. I prefer for PSG to become champions.”

Yilmaz responded to Kakuta:

“I know the player well. He is a very good player, experienced. In terms of respect, he should have kept that to himself. As well last week, they played against PSG and lost.”

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