Speaking to the media ahead of PSG’s Ligue 1 game against RC Strasbourg on Friday night, manager Mauricio Pochettino has opened up on the future of superstar Kylian Mbappe.
The 23-year-old has only two months left on his contract with Les Parisiens and talks over a renewal have not gone well, with the forward believed to be keen on a transfer to Real Madrid in the summer.
Los Blancos tried to sign him last summer but were rebuffed on multiple occasions by PSG. The newly-crowned Ligue 1 champions have been desperately trying to get Mbappe to sign an extension, but have been unsuccessful in their endeavours thus far.
Despite that, Pochettino, who himself is staring at an uncertain future in Paris, has claimed that he expects Mbappe to stay put at Parc des Princes this summer without a doubt.
As quoted by Hadrien Grenier, he said: “From how I feel and perceive it, and also because I cannot wish for anything else, I think Mbappé will stay 100% next season.”
However, the PSG manager insisted that nothing is certain in football and things might change. “But you never know in football, you can expect a lot of things,” Pochettino said.
Mbappe has enjoyed another fine season on a personal level, even though the team have been unable to perform at the level expected. In 42 games across all competitions, the French international has netted 33 goals and assisted 22 more.
Despite PSG’s continued insistence that Mbappe could stay, Real Madrid are confident about their chances of signing the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner on a Bosman deal at the end of the season.
At 23, the forward has his best years well ahead of him and can prove to be an excellent acquisition for Real Madrid for a long time.
Real Madrid the most likely destination for Kylian Mbappe with Liverpool not pushing for transfer
Journalist Florian Plettenberg has affirmed that despite Liverpool’s continued interest, Real Madrid remain the most realistic destination for Kylian Mbappe either for next year or the year after that.
As far as PSG are concerned, the Ligue 1 champions are totally relaxed over the drama as they are now financially secure for his possible departure. Nonetheless, Liverpool are not at all pushing for the player which leaves Real Madrid as the only team as suitors.
Mbappe has declined an extension offer from PSG, as his current deal is set to expire in 2024 and the 24-year-old forward seems poised to determine his future destination sooner rather than later.
As for Real Madrid, while they have denied holding any talks with the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner, the interest in him has always been there as he remains one of the club’s main targets for 2024.
One last attempt for Mbappe?
Real Madrid have been chasing Mbappe since 2021 and while there have been instances when he almost joined, the move has always failed to materialise for some reason.
Last year, he ended up signing a new contract and this year, as he looked certain to leave PSG, a sudden change of heart saw him stay put. Now, there are going to be some repercussions of his continued ignorance.
These repercussions Mbappe will experience if rejects Madrid once again as it is said that the team from the Spanish capital is fed up with playing this game and if the move fails next summer, the door for Mbappe will be closed forever.
On the contrary, Plettenberg reports that it is not a matter of if for Mbappe, but a matter of when.
So even if they somehow miss out on his acquisition this summer, they will be able to sign him in 2025 as they are currently the only team running for his signature.