Paris Saint-Germain’s sports director, Brazilian Leonardo, talks about what happened before the Paris star transferred French international striker Kylian Mbabane to Real Madrid.
The Mbappe transfer deal from Saint-Germain to Real collapsed in the last hours of last summer’s exchange market because both teams did not reach a final agreement.
At the time, Spanish media reports suggested that Real Madrid had offered Mbappe an attractive offer of more than 200 million euros, but Leonardo denied the rumors because he had issued statements ahead of the match between Saint-Germain and its host club, Bruce, in the Champions League today, Wednesday. Planned: “Real Madrid negotiated with us to buy one of the best players in the world in the last week of the summer transfer market, a situation we did not want, we were clear, this offer was not appropriate, less than what we paid to buy Kylian from Monaco (180 million euros).
He added: “It was announced that the Spanish club did not offer another opportunity, and can not work for three or four months in the transfer market, and then suddenly your plans will change.”
The Saint-Germain sports director added: “I do not see Mbappe leaving the team at the end of the current season, and no one is thinking about the future of Saint-Germain without Mbappe.”
He stressed: “Kylian’s relationship with Saint-Germain in Paris is deep, which is why we are not thinking about anything else. It means a lot to continue with us. He is not only a Frenchman or one of the best players in the world.
He continued: “The attacking trio, Messi, Neymar and Mbabane, are not together to play in the same season, but we will do everything to continue this trio next season.”
Mbappe’s contract with Saint-Germain expires in the summer of 2022, and the 22-year-old Paris rejects all offers for renewal, meaning he could become a “free player” next summer, after which the Paris team management decides for himself without mentioning his fate.
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