PARIS – Paris Football Club Germain rejected Real Madrid’s offer of 160 million euros for star striker Kylian Mbappé. According to sports director Leonard, the club wants to keep the French player on the team, and if Mbappé decides to leave, then it should be under conditions approved by the management. Leonardo described Real’s current offer as insufficient and the actions of the Spanish team as disrespectful and unacceptable.
“Our job has always been to keep Kylian and extend his contract,” quoted Leonard’s SID agency. “If he wants to leave, we won’t hold him. But whether he leaves or stays, it must be according to our conditions. This applies not only to Kylian, but to all players,” added the sports director of the club.
According to him, the amount of 160 million euros is not high enough. PSG brought the player three years ago for a sum of 20 million euros higher. “So it’s a long way from what Kylian costs today. It’s even less than we paid for it,” said Leonardo.
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The 22-year-old Mbappé’s contract with PSG ends after this season, he has not yet concluded a new one and he has recently made no secret of the fact that he would like to leave the club. The recent arrival of Lionel Messi did not change that.
“Kylian promised us he wouldn’t leave for free.”
“Kylian received two offers from us. We wanted to prove to him that he was part of the project, but at the same time there is nothing more. From my point of view, it seems clear to me that he wants to leave.” told the radio station RMC Leonardo. “It seems to us that Real is just trying to give the impression that he did everything he could to buy Mbappé for free in a year. But Kylian promised us he wouldn’t leave for free.” added Leonardo.
In addition to Messi and Mbappé, Paris has St. Germain in the squad to the offensive phase also Brazilian Neymara, Argentine Angel di Maria or Italian Marc Verratti. Most recently, he also won former Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos or the new European champion and the best player of the tournament, the Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Mbappé came to the big Paris club in 2017 from Monaco and after a year of hosting, PSG bought it for 180 million euros. The 2018 World Champion scored 133 goals in 174 French team matches and helped him win three championship titles.
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In the last season, however, PSG won only the French Cup. In the Champions League, he was eliminated in the semifinals with Manchester City, and in the domestic league, he finished second by one point behind the championship Lille.