Kylian Mbappe has decided to stay with Paris Saint-Germain this summer, likely delaying any potential transfer to Real Madrid until next summer.
Mbappe is in the final year of his PSG contract and failure from the club to agree a new deal with the 2018 World Cup winner would see him become available as a free agent, with Real likely to be ready and waiting to snap him up after years of mutual admiration.
Mbappe leaving PSG next summer remains a very real possibility, but for now he is staying put.
The information is credited to Spanish radio network Cadena SER from a source inside the PSG dressing room. It is also thought that sporting director Leonardo has informed head coach Mauricio Pochettino that Mbappe will remain available for selection this season.
Staying will give the 22-year-old the opportunity to play with Lionel Messi as part of a fearsome attacking lineup alongside existing star Neymar.
At Messi’s unveiling last week, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi was clear in his opinion on the matter when he said there is now ‘no excuse’ for Mbappe not to remain in Paris.
“I think everyone knows what Kylian’s future is: he is Parisian. He’s said that he wanted a competitive team – there’s no excuse to do anything else now,” the club chief explained.
Mbappe has scored 133 goals in 173 appearances for PSG since arriving from Monaco, initially on loan, in 2017, going on to become the second most expensive player in history. Despite enormous domestic success in France, the Champions League is still the trophy that eludes Mbappe and PSG, though Messi has already stated his desire to win it for the club.
“My goal and my dream is to win the Champions League once more. I think that we have the team to do it here,” the six-time Ballon d’Or winner said at his unveiling.