Mauricio Pochettino insists Kylian Mbappe is NOT pushing for a move to Real Madrid and is ‘very happy’ at PSG… with ex-Tottenham boss convinced star striker will stay in Paris ‘for a long time to come’
- Mauricio Pochettino addressed rumours of Kylian Mbappe leaving PSG
- The French striker is liked by Real Madrid but Pochettino feels he will stay
- Pochettino said Mbappe is ‘very happy’ in Paris and will stay ‘for a long time’
- The 22-year-old has just 18 months left on his contract in the French capital
Mauricio Pochettino has played down reports that Kylian Mbappe will leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer, insisting the World Cup winner is ‘very happy’ at the Parc des Princes.
Mbappe, who has 18 months remaining on his contract in Paris, has been heavily linked in Spanish media with a move to Real Madrid and is considered among the top targets for the LaLiga giants.
Thursday’s edition of Marca centred around a report that Madrid are waiting ‘on getting the green light’ from Mbappe before making the move. But on Friday, Pochettino has looked to cast doubt on any potential exit for the 22-year-old.
Kylian Mbappe is attracting interest from across Europe with 18 months left on his deal at PSG
‘There’s lots of rumours, but I see him remaining at PSG for a long time to come and that’s what the club wants,’ Pochettino told Marca.
‘We have him in our plans for all the time that we’re going to be at the club.
‘Granted he needs to make a decision (on his future), but what we see is someone who is very happy here and fully committed to the sporting project at this club.’
After PSG’s 4-0 league win over Montpellier last week, Mbappe spoke for the first time in public about his future since sporting director Leonardo opened negotiations over a new deal with his representatives.
Mauricio Pochettino (left) played down talk of Mbappe’s exit by insisting the player is ‘very happy’ in Paris and told Marca (right) he sees him staying at PSG ‘for many years to come’
‘We’re currently negotiating with the club and I am spending considerable time reflecting on many things,’ Mbappe said.
‘If I renew with PSG, then it would be to stay here for some considerable time. I plan to make a definitive decision soon, but if I renew, then it will be to stick around.’
The French champions propose to pay Mbappe the same as Neymar under his new contract, which amounts to £32m per year after tax.
Mbappe continues to score freely for PSG this season, with 16 goals so far in all competitions for Pochettino’s side.
Mbappe spoke about his future as PSG opened talks about a new deal with his representatives
Sergio Ramos could leave Real Madrid on a free transfer with his contract expiring on June 30
As far as incomings to the Parc des Princes, Pochettino was coy when asked if there is a spot available for Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.
Ramos’ existing deal with Real Madrid expires on June 30 and he has seen limited progression over talks for a renewal.
Pochettino was unwilling to focus on players at other clubs but did accept that Ramos, should he wish to move to Paris, would ‘find a great club with the obsession of always winning’.
Pochettino added: ‘PSG’s strategy has been around for years when we signed Ronaldinho, seeing the market opportunities and joining those who can improve what we have. It will be seen in these next months.
‘Here Ramos would find a great club with the obsession of always winning. PSG are one of the greats in the world.’
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