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PSG defender claims he already knew about Kylian Mbappe’s renewal

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The phrase ‘Se Queda’ became infamous ahead of Neymar’s move to PSG from Barcelona. Gerard Pique posted a photo of him with the Brazilian prior to his €222 million move to Paris and used the phrase as a caption, which directly means “He stays”.

Needless to say, the tweet aged like milk for the Spanish defender.

While the defender told the world that Neymar would stay through those words, the player eventually ended up leaving the Catalan side soon after. When asked about Mbappe’s renewal with PSG by Movistar Futbol via MARCA, Achraf Hakimi chose to reference that very instance by saying,

“Good for Kylian. I should have done the selfie like Pique. As I am friends with him, I already knew about it from a few days.”

On the night of May 21st, the Frenchman revealed to the world that he would renew his contract in Paris until 2025. It was a big victory for PSG who had been fighting a bitter war with Real Madrid for over a year to secure Mbappe’s continuity.

Hakimi’s words bring to light that the World Cup winner had made his decision comfortably in advance. However, Pochettino revealed earlier today that the defender was the only one who knew about Mbappe’s renewal.

Since he joined PSG in 2017 from Monaco, Kylian Mbappe has scored 168 goals in 216 games. In 35 league appearances last season, he found the back of the net on 28 occasions and also provided 17 assists.

Ironically, Hakimi is a former Real Madrid player himself before he was loaned to Borussia Dortmund in 2018. He soon made his way to Inter Milan, and his success in Italy won him a move to PSG in 2021.

He has now become a regular starter under Mauricio Pochettino and is considered amongst the top right-backs in world football.

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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