PSG defender Marquinhos admits his team-mates want ‘genius’ Kylian Mbappe to STAY in Paris as forward is ‘important to their ambitions’, amid World Cup winner’s stand-off over extension
- Kylian Mbappe’s future at Paris Saint-Germain has been thrown into doubt
- He has been linked with a move to LaLiga as he enters final year of his contract
- His team-mates have claimed they ‘want him to stay’ lauding him as a ‘genius’
Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos has stressed the importance of Kylian Mbappe to his side’s ambitions, admitting his team-mates ‘want the French superstar to stay,’ despite much uncertainty over his future.
It comes as the 24-year-old superstar’s contract is set to expire next year, with Mail Sport reporting earlier this week that Real Madrid were considering a sensational swoop for the World Cup winner.
Mbappe has a clause in his contract that will allow him to extend his tenure at the club for another year, but earlier this week, he informed the French Champions that he would not be renewing his deal beyond 2024.
Mbappe has subsequently dismissed reports that he was keen to leave the club as ‘lies’ and has stated he wished to play at the club next season, but tensions have been rising between both parties, with PSG feeling betrayed by Mbappe after he announced he would leave next year.
The forward, meanwhile, pointing to the clubs ‘shortcomings’ and the departure of Lionel Messi as reasons for his desire to leave.
PSG defender Marquinhos (pictured) says his side ‘want Kylian Mbappe to stay at the club’
It comes after much speculation over the winger’s future, with Mbappe (pictured) informing the club that he would not be extending his deal beyond its expiry in 2024
He has since reaffirmed that he wants to see out the remainder of his contract, admitting his current ‘objective is to stay at PSG’ while also saying he didn’t think his letter ‘offended anyone’.
Considering his ability, it’s no wonder why the Parisians want to hang on to him and some of his team-mates have spoken out on their desire for him to stay too.
Speaking on how important Mbappe is to PSG’s aspirations, Brazilian centre-back Marquinhos has lauded the French superstar, and claimed his ‘team-mates want him to stay.’
‘If he wants to stay, we want him to stay too,’ the 29-year-old said to RMC Sport.
‘He’s a genius, a pure talent, a leader for PSG and he’s very important to us. Every summer we talk a lot about him, but he’s a PSG player and he wants to stay. We’ll see what happens. We players want him to stay.
‘It is very important that he stays because we have ambitions. I see him happy. His stats, his goals, his performances on the pitch prove it. He’s a player who does a lot of things at PSG and who’s important to who the team is.’
The France forward joined PSG initially on loan from Monaco in the summer of 2017 before securing a permanent deal with the French giants the following year in a whopping £166million transfer.
Real Madrid have long been eager to sign the winger, and had a £154m bid for him rejected a couple of years ago, before Mbappe snubbed much interest the Spanish outfit, re-signing with PSG on a new three-year deal in 2022.
Marquinhos (left) stressed the importance of Mbappe (right) to his side’s ambitions
Mbappe (left) was spotted watching Novak Djokovic in the final of the French Open on Sunday alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic (right)
He’s currently in training with France ahead of their Euro 2024 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Greece
During his time at the club he’s scored 212 goals in 260 matches across all competitions, an outstanding return to say the least, which is complemented by an impressive 98 assists.
This season alone he’s been in superb form, scoring 41 goals in 43 games across all competitions, and there’s no wonder why the Parisians want to keep him.
French media reported earlier this week that President Emmanuel Macron had pushed for Mbappe to stay at the club, but the forward has dismissed claims that the politician has ‘no influence on his career.’
Mbappe is currently on international duty with France, and could feature as they take on Gibraltar and Greece this weekend as they bid to qualify for Euro 2024.
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