PSG: Pochettino opens up on Mbappe plans
Real Madrid and Liverpool have been heavily linked with Kylian Mbappe, with the forward’s deal at Paris Saint-Germain due to expire in 2022. PSG are hopeful they can convince Mbappe to stay but the player could be tempted to leave the Parc des Princes.
According to a report from Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, Real are desperate to sign Mbappe but, under the current circumstances, they would struggle to finance the deal.
The effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic have had a major impact on Real’s finances and the club needs to sell ‘two heavyweights’ before they are able to afford Mbappe.
The report claims that Vinicius Junior is one of the players who could be offloaded, with Real hoping that Mbappe will run down his contract and leave PSG in 2022.
However, it notes that Mbappe is ‘in a hurry to define his future’ and ‘Liverpool can take advantage of that’.
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Speaking earlier this month, Mbappe revealed that he was “thinking very hard” about his future.
After PSG’s 4-0 win over Marseille on Friday, Mbappe told Telefoot: “We are discussing with the club to find a project.
“I said I am also reflecting because if I sign it is to invest in the long term at Paris Saint-Germain.
“I am very happy here. I have always been very happy.
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“The supporters [and] the club have always helped me and for that, I will always be grateful towards the club.
“I want to reflect on what I want to do in the coming years, where I want to be.
“That is how my reflection is turning. I will shortly need to make a choice. I am thinking very hard.”
When asked if he would be making a decision in the near future, Mbappe added: “If I had the answer today, I would give it today.
“It’s not a case of wanting to win some time. It’s a genuine reflection because, for example, I don’t want to sign a contract and then one year later say I want to leave because I didn’t want to sign the contract. If I sign it is to stay. That’s why it prompts me to think.”
Speaking last month, PSG’s president Nasser Al-Khelaifi claimed he was “very confident” that both Mbappe and Neymar would sign new deals.
He told RMC Sport: “We have started to speak with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
“Those talks will remain confidential, but I am very confident. They both want to stay with us.”
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