Kylian Mbappe has strongly suggested he will leave PSG this summer and wants to play abroad after detailing the pressures he has of playing for Paris Saint-Germain.
The 22-year-old’s future is uncertain with the Ligue 1 giants. Mbappe’s current deal expires in June 2022 and the former Monaco man has turned a number of contract offers from the Ligue 1 champions. Cadena SER report that Mbappe has turned down three new offers from PSG, though Fabrizio Romano states the player’s priority is to re-negotiate a deal with the club.
However, there is strong interest from Real Madrid, while Liverpool too have also been linked. Funding a deal for Mbappe would not come cheap. Indeed, even with just 12 months left on his deal, the World Cup winner would still command a fee of around £150m.
Liverpool’s hopes did take a leap forward on Wednesday. That’s after it was claimed by an expert they are doing the groundwork on a “substantial” attacking signing.
While PSG won’t be too alarmed by that, the latest comments made by Mbappe may well enduce them into panic-mode.
“If [my contract talks] had progressed, I would have come to talk about it already,” Mbappe said. “Of course, I will talk about it when I have made up my mind.”
Mbappe admits he’s fed up with being constantly under the spotlight in Ligue 1, pointing again to his likely exit.
“Of course it [criticism from the media] gets tiring, especially when you play for a club in your country and you give everything for your national team. After a while it gets tiring,” he added.
“It’s different for players who play abroad and only come back here for the national team. I’m there all the time, they speak about me a lot more. It’s a different context [to other players], but I knew it would be like that when I signed for Paris. We’ll see.
“Of course it plays a part [the pressure from the media having a bearing on his future], but it’s not just that.
“The most important thing is to feel good where you are, and to have fun every day.”
Pochettino admits Mbappe love
Doing his best to talk him into staying, PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino has detailed the level of appreciation for Mbappe in the French capital.
“Who doesn’t love Kylian, we say to each other. He makes himself loved, with his smile, his face and his energy,” Pochettino said.
“At the age of 19 he was a world champion [with France], impressive things have happened to him, but he is special and different, with a lot of emotional intelligence.
“He has a lot of potential to develop but he is already [someone for the] present, not just the future. It’s a challenge and a good thing to work with this kind of talent, it makes you a better coach. You give this type of player a solution and he gives you five back.
“There’s lots of rumours. But I see him remaining at PSG for a long time to come and that’s what the club wants.
“We have him in our plans for all the time that we’re going to be at the club.
“Granted he needs to make a decision. But what we see is someone who is very happy here and fully committed to the sporting project at this club.”