Leonardo says he wants to « keep Kylian Mbappé as long as possible » at PSG
Where will Kylian Mbappé play next season? From January 1, 2022, the Paris Saint-Germain striker will have the opportunity to negotiate a contract with the club of his choice with a view to a free arrival next summer. During an interview with Europe 1 which will be broadcast on Sunday December 19 at 8:00 p.m. and the main lines of which were unveiled by the JDD, the PSG sporting director Leonardo still hopes to see the tricolor international extend: « I think we still have good possibilities [de le prolonger]. I believe it », Leonardo ambitions.
At the microphone of Europe 1, the Brazilian launched a seduction operation and praised « The best player in the world », confirming the Parisian club’s desire to « keep as long as possible » Kylian Mbappé.
A change in semantics noticed by the sports director of PSG, who previously praised the « two best players in the world » (with Neymar), and this is not unrelated to the fact that Kylian Mbappé could go to England and especially Spain next season. « Today, Ligue 1 owes nothing to a large number of countries which have many problems, either financial or level. […] Afterwards, there are great teams but PSG have nothing to envy them. « , bomb Leonardo’s chest.
But no progress on an extension has been formalized and Kylian Mbappé could therefore join his next club without the latter having to pay any transfer compensation next summer. « People will think that we say that because we want to prolong it but no … It is beyond the interest of the club. At 22 years old, almost 23, Kylian has reached an incredible maturity », adds the Brazilian.
Last summer, Kylian Mbappé said he wanted to join Real Madrid. The Madrid club had sent several offers to PSG in the last days of the transfer market, but the Parisian leaders had remained inflexible. A stroke of fate, the French will meet the Spaniards of his attacking friend in selection Karim Benzema in less than four months, for a double confrontation in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
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It is therefore against the club he wanted to join last summer and that he could join free in June that the centerpiece of the capital club will play part of his future and that of his current team. « Kylian is so comfortable in his role as the best player in the world that nothing around has a real influence on his performance, his daily life or his mood « , relativizes Leonardo.
If the discussions were sometimes tense between PSG and the Mbappé clan, « this is part of building a rapport », weighs the Brazilian, who concludes: « If he decides to stay, he will stay, because it is our desire ».