Kylian Mbappe has refused to rule out a summer move to Real Madrid in his latest interview but has assured Paris Saint-Germain fans that he is “100 percent” committed to the club until the end of the season.
Speaking to CNN’S Becky Anderson after the Glob Soccer Awards event in Dubai where he won the award for Men’s Player of the Year, the France national team mentioned that he is only focused on winning something big with PSG this season. He also claims that the only thought he has about Real Madrid is beating them in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 come February and March.
“No, I’m not joining Real Madrid in January. In January it’s not happening,” Mbappe said to Anderson.
“I’m in Paris Saint-Germain, I’m really happy and I will 100% finish the season as PSG player. I’ll give everything to win the Champions League, the league and the cup and to give all the pleasure to the fans, because they deserve it.
“I think I deserve to win something great with PSG. I want to win everything this season.”
Mbappe also maintained that his wanting to leave Parc De Princes in the summer was an honest feeling which will definitely worry the PSG hierarchy and the fans who are hoping the striker renews his contract at the end of the season. He said, however, that he still feels comfortable at the club.
“I was honest and I gave a feeling, I gave what I have in my heart,” he said. “Of course, I’m happy to stay.”
Lionel Messi joined PSG in the summer and has enjoyed a good relationship on the field with Mbappe. Both have assisted each other’s goals a few times as PSG continue to progress with their season objectives. Mbappe spoke about playing with the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner in the club he grew up watching and dreaming about.
“Paris is my city, it’s where I was born, it’s where I grew up. To play for PSG, it’s an amazing feeling to play with your family and friends alongside of you.
“It’s also a big pleasure for me to say to my kids and to my friends that I played with [Lionel Messi]. We have to enjoy seeing him in Paris. It’s an amazing moment in the history of the game.”
Real Madrid looking for a back door deal with Mbappe ahead of January
Real Madrid are reportedly becoming desperate in their chase for Mbappe as they are pushing for an agreement with the 23-year-old’s entourage ahead of January.
The Frenchman’s latest comments saw him put to bed any chances of moving to the Santiago Bernabeu in January. His comments, however, do not seem to stop the Spanish giants who are willing to do anything to sign Mbappe before the 2022/23 season.
Los Blancos, however, can hold on to hope that the Frenchman could sign for them having expressed a desire to play for them in the past. He is also currently resisting every new contract renewal opportunity which PSG have presented to him.
According to the new rules, Real Madrid will be allowed to strike a pre-contract agreement from January 1 as a result of Mbappe’s rejection of PSG’s offers. However, they are looking at swiping the striker from PSG in January according to reports from Diario AS.
Madrid is hoping to agree on every necessary detail with Mbappe ahead of both clubs clashing in the Champions League round of 16 in February and March with Mbappe’s signature coming after the duel.
Mbappe will be feeling grateful for the year he’s had; a year in which he won the UEFA Nations League and the Globe Socer Men’s player of the year, with the only blight being the loss of the Ligue 1 title to LOSC Lille
The 23-year-old was awarded the prize in a lavish ceremony in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, beating Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski to the prize.
Lewandowski was honoured with the Maradona award for the top goalscorer of the year and as the Fans’ player of the year. Cristiano Ronaldo was given a special honour for breaking the international men’s goalscoring record as well.
Other winners were Barcelona Femni captain Alexia Putellas who won the Women’s player of the year, Italy winning the Best National Team of the Year, and Chelsea winning the Best Men’s Club of the Year.