Kylian Mbappe Casts Doubt Over Real Madrid Move With PSG Hint
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Kylian Mbappe has cast doubt over his future and a potential move to Real Madrid after suggesting he would be willing to remain at Paris Saint-Germain.
Mbappe is out of contract at the end of the season and could sign a pre-contract agreement with another club when he enters the final six months of his current deal.
Real Madrid were reportedly prepared to spend £197m to sign the 22-year-old in the summer transfer window but PSG refused to sell to the Spanish giants.
Mbappe had previously told PSG that he wanted to leave the club but the World Cup winner now appears to have softened his stance, and is considering staying at the Parc des Princes.
"I don’t know. Today I have to take the time. It is not easy. Either way, I’ll be playing for a big club," Mbappe told Amazon Prime.
"At first I was disappointed [not to leave]. But well, I am not in the third division, I am in a club that wants to win the Champions League.
"I am Parisian, I have my family, I feel good, I have always said it. I just wanted to discover something else."
PSG sporting director Leonardo has previously criticised Real over their attempts to sign Mbappe.
Leonardo reacted angrily in October after Madrid president Florentino Perez spoke openly about his desire to sign the French striker.
"This is another example of the lack of respect for PSG and for Mbappe," Leonardo told L'Equipe.
"In fact, in the same week a Real Madrid player [Karim Benzema], then the Real Madrid coach [Carlo Ancelotti] and now the president [Florentino Perez] talk about Kylian as if he was already one of their own.
"I repeat: this is a lack of respect that we cannot tolerate."
Mbappe has developed into one of the world's best players since joining PSG from Ligue 1 rivals Monaco in 2017.
The striker has scored 120 goals in 148 games for PSG and recently came ninth in the voting for the 2021 Ballon d'Or award, which was won by Lionel Messi for a seventh time.
"He is there and it has arrived at a good moment, in which Messi and Cristiano [Ronaldo], the gods of football, are in the night of their careers due to age, and Mbappe is arriving," Eto'o told AS.
"I hope he will be the biggest for the next ten or 15 years. He has everything to be this unique player that soccer needs after these two monsters."