Kylian Mbappe’s future gets bold take from PSG that won’t please Real Madrid
Despite numerous bids, PSG was able to fend off Real Madrid’s interest in star striker Kylian Mbappe. They wanted €200 million for the youngster and even after Los Blancos put that on the table, the French giants still refused to sell their prized possession.
However, there’s a growing belief that Mbappe will sign a pre-contract agreement with Madrid in January before leaving the Parc des Princes on a free transfer next summer. But if you’re asking PSG sporting director Leonardo, he doesn’t think the Frenchman will be going anywhere. Via Canal+ (courtesy of Goal):
“I don’t see Mbappe leaving at the end of this season. Nobody is thinking about the future of Paris Saint-Germain without Kylian,” the PSG director told Canal Plus. “Kylian sort of represents the difference between the superficial and the deep. Kylian’s relationship with Paris Saint-Germain is deep. That’s why we don’t think about anything else.
“Kylian represents many things. Not only because he is French or one of the best players in the world. He has a way of being that we like and one that everyone likes.”
Leonardo also went on to say that PSG never received Madrid’s final bid, even though reports indicated differently:
“We were clear about our position with the offer. It was not enough, it was smaller than what we paid. The last offer they talked about never came. You can’t organise a transfer market for two, three or four months and change your plans like that.”
Although PSG wants Mbappe to stay, he hasn’t been willing to put pen to paper on a new deal. Real Madrid has always been a club that the France international has admired as well. However, his future with the side will likely be decided by how much success they have this season.
The Parisians are one of the clear-cut favorites to win the Champions League after a historic transfer window. Lionel Messi is now alongside Neymar and Mbappe on the PSG frontline, which is a scary sight in itself. If Mauricio Pochettino’s squad goes out and conquers Europe and re-captures the Ligue 1 title, it’s hard to imagine Kylian Mbappe taking his talents to the Spanish capital. But if PSG falls short of its goal, the writing may be on the wall.
Needless to say, only time will tell. But either way, Paris is furious about how Florentino Perez and Co. handled their business.