Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has left Kylian Mbappe’s future in the air after he admitted he can’t make any promises regarding a contract extension.
The Frenchman’s desire for a move away from the capital is no secret and rumours linking him with a move to Real Madrid next season are continue to gather pace.
Leonardo did little to fend off speculations as he admitted that he can’t make any promises about Mbappe signing a new contract with the club.
“It’s not a question of knowing whether [his contract] is a priority or not,” Leonardo told Le Parisien.
“Mbappe is here. He’s very important for the club and there’s no debate [over his importance].
“He’s returned to training with a super-positive attitude, with a smile. He’s charismatic. People really like him and it’s important to have a player like him in your team.”
The World Cup winner’s current contract expires in three years but he could force a move to Madrid by threatening not to see it through.
“I don’t make promises,” Leonardo said when he was asked whether Mbappe would renew his contract.
“For two reasons. Firstly because I don’t represent everyone at the club and secondly because I don’t make promises without being sure I can fulfill them.
“The only thing that interests me is the present, the now.”
Dani Alves has announced that he is leaving Paris Saint-Germain, although the 36-year-old did not reveal his future plans.
Alves made the announcement on his Instagram account hours after scoring and captaining Brazil to a 5-0 win over Peru in the Copa America.
After spells with Sevilla, Barcelona and Juventus, Alves joined PSG in the summer of 2017 and helped the club win two Ligue 1 titles and a cup double in 2018.
Alongside a picture of himself with the silverware he has won with PSG, Alves wrote: “Today I close another cycle in my life, a cycle of victory, learning and experiences.
“I would like to thank the PSG family for the opportunity to together build a page in the history of this club. I would like to thank all the staff for their affection, respect and complicity from day one… you make this club a little more special.
“It was two years of resilience and continuous reinventing to fulfil my mission, but in life everything has a beginning, a middle and an end and now the time has come to put that final point here.
“I apologise if at any point I was not up to the pitch, I apologise if at some point I made a mistake, just tried to give my best.
“Thanks to all the companions for the moments lived, the laughter together, the boredom that your lazy spirits have put me through.
“If you ever remember me, be like the GOOD CRAZY of each day, with a beautiful smile on your face, with a pure energy of soul, as a professional worker and committed to the goals…. as someone who just wanted to you were better each day and you tried to make them understand the true meaning of the word team.
“A big hug to all and hope you do not miss my crazy things. With great affection GoodCrazy!!”
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Kylian Mbappe has hinted he could seek a move away from Paris Saint-Germain.
Mbappe was named at Sunday night’s UNFP (French Professional footballers Association) Awards as Ligue 1’s player of the season – but, during his acceptance speech, he said he wanted to be given “more responsibility”, either at PSG or “elsewhere with a new project”.
L’Equipe published a transcript of his speech online in which Mbappe said: “It’s a very important moment for me, I come to a turning point in my career.
“I have discovered a lot here, and I feel it is maybe the moment to have more responsibility.
“I hope that can perhaps be at Paris Saint-Germain, that would be a great pleasure. Or maybe elsewhere with a new project.”
Mbappe was named player of the year after scoring 40 goals in all competitions, including 32 in 28 league games. He also scooped the young player of the year prize for a record third year in succession.
He said after winning the main award: “It’s truly a pleasure, the only trophy I was missing! I am very happy.
“I want to first dedicate this to president Nasser (Al Khelaifi). He has always been honest with me since the first day I arrived so I want to thank him. I want to thank everyone here who contributed to this championship.
“It is now my fourth year in this league. I have seen a lot of things which have been rich in emotion.
“Firstly with Monaco where I was formed, we won the title. Then a totally different project with Paris Saint-Germain where I succeeded in adapting my game in my first year and changing position this year.”
After the eye-catching remarks about his PSG future, Mbappe concluded: “But I want to say to you, ‘Thank you’.”
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