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Wednesday, August 08, 2018, 09:35
PSG gear up for defending titles after WC winning trio return
By Xinhua
Wednesday, August 08, 2018, 09:35 By Xinhua

France's goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, France's forward Kylian Mbappe and France's defender Presnel Kimpembe celebrate at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15, 2018. (JEWEL SAMAD / AFP)

PARIS - Paris Saint-Germain were in full force to defend their titles in the upcoming season as three France internationals returned to training on Tuesday following an extended post-World Cup holiday.

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After undergoing routine medical tests a day earlier, Kylian Mbappe, Presnel Kimpembe and Alphonse Areola rejoined other PSG members in the training center, where the club held a brief congratulating ceremony for the World Cup winners.

Mbappe deservedly claimed the best young player award after guiding Les Bleus to their second World Cup with four goals.

France's Kylian Mbappe poses with the best young player award after the 2018 World Cup final match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, July 15, 2018. (MARTIN MEISSNER / AP)

The 19-year-old will switch his jersey number from 29 to 7 in the new season, saying that "it's a new beginning".

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PSG kicked off their 2018/19 campaign in a quite strong manner with a 4-0 victory over Monaco in last weekend's French Super Cup held in Shenzhen, China.

They will host Caen on Sunday in Ligue 1's opening round action.

Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar (center) attends a training session at Universiade Stadium in Shenzhen on August 3, 2018 on the eve of the French Trophy of Champions football match between Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain. (ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT / AFP)

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