Alberto Toro


At 16, Warren Zaïre-Emery has made a real impression for PSG this season


With Kylian Mbappé not fully fit, teenager Warren Zaïre-Emery came in for PSG’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich, and impressed.

At just 16 years and 343 days old, Zaïre-Emery became the youngest player ever to start a knockout game  in Europe's elite club tournament.

That’s not the first record the  midfielder has broken. He had already become the youngest appearance maker and goalscorer in PSG's history.

Blessed with immense quality, he  has a knack for getting forward into shooting positions. He has chipped in with two goals in 11 Ligue 1 games.

Zaïre-Emery boasts exceptional physical attributes. His strong lower body gives him the power and pace he needs to burst through defensive lines.

A France international at age-group level, he helped the Under-17s to the 2022 European title despite being a year younger than his team-mates.

PSG were eager to tie their young  star down, and in the summer Zaïre-Emery put pen to paper on his first  pro contract. It runs until 2025.

Since breaking into the first team, he has made a real impression on his PSG colleagues. Vitinha has described the midfielder as “out of this world.”

Christophe Galtier has shown real confidence in him since arriving as PSG boss. “If at 16 he’s more capable than others, he’ll play," Galtier says.

PSG aren’t in good form right now.  The Ligue 1 champions are on a run of three straight defeats - the first time this has happened in a decade.

Their first-leg defeat to Bayern in the UCL was a major blow. If they can’t turn the tie around, it’ll be their fifth last-16 exit in seven seasons.