Marco Verratti looked sharp in training for Paris Saint-Germain this week, with a clever back-heeled nutmeg right under the nose of Kylian Mbappe.
Mbappe’s future with the club has been the subject of much debate over the summer, with rumours that the 20-year-old could be on the move.
PSG play Nimes in their opening match of the new French Ligue 1 season on August 11.
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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