Kylian Mbappe could be at Real Madrid next season, but Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo jokingly warned they may be feeling overconfident.
PSG clinched their 10th Ligue 1 title in bizarre circumstances against Lens on Saturday, as fans made their way out of the stands in the 75th minute in protest at the club’s management.
The game finished in a 1-1 draw with 10-man Lens equalising through Corentin Jean in the 88th minute at the Parc des Princes, and the final whistle was met with boos in some sections.
Mbappe has been involved in 51 goals (33 scored, 18 assisted) in 42 appearances in all competitions for PSG this season, more than double the haul of Lionel Messi (22 – nine goals, 13 assists) and almost three times as many as Neymar (18 – 11 goals, seven assists).
Only Robert Lewandowski (53 – 48 goals, five assists) and Karim Benzema (52 – 39 goals, 13 assists) have managed more in all competitions across the top five European leagues.
10 – Paris are crowned French champion for the 10th time and equals St Etienne as the most successful club in the history of the championship, ahead of OM (9). King. #PSGRCL pic.twitter.com/rY20dqmgI6
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Mbappe can leave PSG on a free transfer after his contract expires in June, but the club are understandably keen to tie him down to a renewal with Madrid circling.
The World Cup-winning attacker insists his mind is not yet made up, and Leonardo playfully reminded Madrid that they have yet to prise Mbappe away from the club, despite their long-term interest.
“In Madrid, they have been sure for the past three years that Kylian will end up at Real. Maybe they are a bit too sure about that,” Leonardo told Sky Sport Italia.
“When Kylian says he hasn’t decided yet, I believe him. We have an upfront relationship. He is checking everything to make the best decision.
“He knows we want him here and he is everyone’s protege. Today, he is the best player in the world. He will make his decision together with us – the relationship is very good.”
He added to Canal+: “Kylian is still thinking. There’s a possibility he’ll stay. With or without him next season, it changes everything.”
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