Mbappe is ‘100%’ staying – PSG chief Leonardo
Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has told Kylian Mbappe's suitors, such as Real Madrid, that the striker will not be leaving the French capital.
The Brazilian revealed contract negotiations with Mbappe are progressing, albeit slowly, and defiantly added that the coveted star is “100 per cent” staying at PSG.
Leonardo’s words came after Mbappe scored in the French champions’ dramatic 2-2 Champions League draw away to Real Madrid on Tuesday.
Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane had earlier reaffirmed his admiration for Mbappe on the eve of the Group A clash, saying: “I am already in love with him”.
That is bound to have irked senior figures at the Parc des Princes club and, when asked about the star striker’s future on Tuesday, Leonardo was unequivocal in his response.
What. A. Finish! 😅
Mbappe and Sarabia score 2 minutes apart to cancel out Benzema's brace and help PSG finish 1st in Group A. pic.twitter.com/PbCRmqxpM8
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He told RMC: “Mbappe will stay here, 100 per cent. He is a PSG player. The rest is the rest.”
While Zidane’s words and the Spanish media’s clamour to get the world’s most exciting striker to the Bernabeu sparked PSG’s reaction, the club are pushing to extend the 20-year-old’s contract length.
The World Cup winner, who has 10 goals across all competitions this term – including five in Ligue 1 for Thomas Tuchel’s side – has two and a half years left on his existing agreement.
“We will see. We are advancing, advancing slowly but we are advancing,” Leonardo added when asked about the state of the renewal talks.
The France international dazzled last season with 39 goals in all competitions as PSG won the Ligue 1 title by a 16-point margin.