PSG pressuring Kylian Mbappe to leave: report

Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe during pre-match practice.  Reuters/File
Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain during a pre-match warm-up. Reuters/File

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) are reportedly putting immense pressure on Kylian Mbappe to leave the club immediately, which could pave the way for Real Madrid to pursue the French forward.

Relations between PSG and Mbappe soured last month after the Frenchman refused to renew his contract, which expires at the end of next season. This means he can go for free in June 2024.

The 24-year-old has categorically stated that he does not want to renew his contract after 2024 but wants to fulfill the commitment till 2024.

This was revealed by Marca journalist Ramon Alvarez, who also said that the star player has turned down three new contract offers from PSG and the club are aiming to move him immediately.

However, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has made it clear that either Mbappe renews or he will be sold this summer.

Mbappe – who is currently on holiday in Cameroon – said in a recent interview that it doesn’t matter where he plays next year, he just wants to win.

“What is the reason to believe that this is my last season in Ligue 1? It’s very simple, I’m a competitor, I want to win when I play. It doesn’t matter who I play with, what shirt I wear or where I play, I never decide. I just want to win, CL wants to win. I’ll never be satisfied,” the 24-year-old said.

“Do people normalize my performance? Yes, but at the same time, I don’t blame them. In France, people have seen me growing up, they see me all the time, every weekend at PSG or with the national team. And I have been scoring well over the years. So, it is becoming normal for people.”

The 2018 World Cup winner further said that playing for the French club will not help as it is a “divisive” club.

“I have never complained about my performances being underestimated… Playing at PSG doesn’t help it, because it is a divisive team, a divisive club. So, of course it attracts bad tongues but it doesn’t matter to me because I know what I am doing and how I am doing it,” he said.

“I don’t know what PSG would have to do to win the CL. This is not a question for me. We did what we could. Ask the people who made the team, who made this club.”

So far, everything indicates that the Frenchman will not wear the PSG shirt again given how unpleasant relations between the two sides have become.

Real Madrid – who have been after the 24-year-old footballer since his Monaco days – are closely monitoring the situation from the sidelines and are prepared to pay a whopping €200M for him.


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