Paris Saint-Germain’s sporting director Leonardo has claimed that Kylian Mbappe will not leave the Ligue 1 club this summer.
Real Madrid’s charm offensive towards the France forward is already underway with Zinedine Zidane this week claiming: “I’m already in love with Mbappe.”
That was ahead on Tuesday’s game between the sides and Mbappe’s goal in the Bernabeu will only have warmed him to the hearts of the Madridistas.
Reports have recently claimed Liverpool have the funds to sign the Mbappe, but Jurgen Klopp, who met the player’s family members in an bid to convince him to sign for Liverpool two years ago, says they have “absolutely no chance” of signing the player.
“Buying this calibre of player is difficult,” said Klopp earlier this month. “I don’t see any club at the moment who can buy Kylian Mbappe from PSG. I don’t see any club, that is how it is. And we are involved in the clubs that cannot do it. It is as easy as that.
“OK, from a sporting point of view, there are not a lot of reasons to not sign him. What a player he is. But it is about the money of course. No chance. Absolutely no chance. Sorry for killing that story.”
Still, the Daily Telegraph claims it is Klopp and Liverpool’s “ultimate ambition” to sign Mbappe, but Leonardo has put a dampener on those aspirations.
“I don’t know what Zidane said, I didn’t hear it,” Leonardo told RMC Sport. “The only thing certain is that Mbappe will stay here 100 percent next season.
“He is one of our best players and he will not move. The contract renewal? We will see later.”
Mbappe is under contract the French capital until 2022 after a penning a four-year deal when he signed permanently from Monaco in the summer of 2018 for around £160million.