PSG determined to keep Kylian Mbappe until 2022
French giants Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly considering the idea of losing Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid for free in 2022, according to reports. The French champions are ready to do everything in their powers to tie their striker down to a new contract. Even if they fail to do so, they are determined to keep him beyond this summer.
Spanish giants Real Madrid are reportedly planning a summer move to land the PSG superstar in a stunning deal even if they have to smash the world record for that. Zinedine Zidane is a huge admirer of the 21-year-old forward and views him as a long-term number nine at the Bernabeu.
Due to the coronavirus crisis and its economic impact, Los Blancos' 'Operation Mbappe' plans could be shelved for 12 months meaning they will try and complete the deal next year instead.
However, according to reports in France, PSG are so determined not to sell the World Cup winner to Real Madrid for whatever the price. They would rather let him go for nothing when his contract expires in 2022 and get another two seasons out of him.
The Spanish giants are confident Mbappe will not sign an extension at the Parc des Princes as he is also keen on a move. However, reports claim that the French side's primary focus once the lockdown is over is to get the 21-year-old to put pen to paper on a lucrative new deal.
Los Blancos have been looking to create a strong relationship with PSG for quite some time now and had already denied their interest in their top superstars Mbappe and Neymar. Zidane has made the French capital club furious by claiming that his countryman dreams of playing for Real Madrid.
The Real Madrid boss said in November:
"At the moment he plays for Paris Saint-Germain, we'll see in the future if that changes. I know he always said his dream is to play for Real Madrid."
PSG did not take these comments well and their sporting director Leonardo could not hide his fury with the Real Madrid boss.
He hit back, saying, “Honestly, it bothers me a little. This is not the time to talk about dreams and all that. Stop it. Mbappe is very important to us and this is not the time to destabilise him.
“He is the best young French player, a world champion, and one of the best in the world. This is not the time to try to unsettle him. It is time to stop. He still has two and a half years on his contract with us.”
Zidane responded by declaring his "love" for Mbappe who previously admitted Zizou was his "first idol" and had posters of Real Madrid stars on his bedroom wall growing up.
Even PSG manager Thomas Tuchel got involved and stated, "I do not know how much infatuation Zidane has regarding Mbappe. Sometimes you love players that you can't have."
Leonardo meanwhile stated: "Mbappe is going to stay, one hundred per cent."
Mbappe has scored 90 goals in just 120 appearances since making the mega move from AS Monaco to PSG, initially on loan, in 2017.
His relationship with Tuchel, however, soured over a number of substitutions, including in a comfortable 5-0 win over Montpellier in February.
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