Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has claimed he was misinterpreted after he seemed to suggest Kylian Mbappe could join the club in January.
Mbappe, whose Paris Saint-Germain contract expires at the end of the season, will be free to negotiate with clubs from the turn of the year if the 22-year-old has not agreed a new deal in the French capital.
It would seem Mbappe has no intention of doing so, with the forward having confirmed this week that he asked to leave PSG in July, while explaining that there has been no further negotiations.
Los Blancos are reported to have made three bids for the France international during the last transfer window, the last one said to be worth around €200million.
However, Perez said on El Debate that Madrid remain confident of signing Mbappe, who claimed to be happy at PSG for the time being despite the speculation.
“In January we will have news from Mbappe,” Perez said on Tuesday. “We hope that on January 1 everything can be solved.”
But Perez quickly backtracked, saying: “My words were misinterpreted.
“What I said is that we have to wait until next year to find out, always with respect to PSG with whom we have good relations.”
Madrid were granted a salary cap boost of €270m, leaving them with a spending limit seven times greater than financially stricken Barcelona and Perez also found time to provide an update on the club’s financial situation post-pandemic.
“It will probably take about three years for us to return to the figures we entered before the pandemic,” he continued.
“We have gone from entering €900m to just over €600m.”
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