Mauricio Pochettino reveals PSG ‘are trying to come to an agreement’ with Real Madrid target Kylian Mbappe that would see him ‘stay with us for a long time’ as they aim to keep hold of star man whose contract runs out in 2022
- PSG have been trying for months to extend star forward Kylian Mbappe’s deal
- The 22-year-old enters the final year of his deal at the Parc des Princes in June
- Leonardo hinted Mbappe and Neymar were edging closer to signing new deals
- Now Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed talks are underway between both sides
PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed the club are doing everything they can to tie Kylian Mbappe down to a new deal, despite recent reports claiming the Frenchman was stalling over a new contract.
The France World Cup winner is out of contract at the Parc des Princes in June next year and the club have been trying to tie the 22-year-old down to a new long-term deal amid interest from Real Madrid.
Reports earlier this week claimed PSG are looking to offer Mbappe a new five-year contract, with sporting director Leonardo suggesting the Frenchman and Brazilian team-mate Neymar were edging closer to signing new deals.
Mauricio Pochettino has revealed PSG are in talks with Kylian Mbappe over a new deal
The France World Cup winner is out of contract at the Parc des Princes in June next year
Now, speaking ahead of PSG’s trip to Strasbourg in Ligue 1 on Saturday afternoon, Pochettino revealed the French champions are pulling out all the stops to try and retain the services of the ‘mature’ striker beyond the end of next season.
‘It’s something we are used to,’ Pochettino said of the speculation regarding Mbappe’s future. ‘When we talk about top clubs and top players like Kylian Mbappe who is at international level, there will always be rumours.
‘The most important thing is that Kylian is quiet. He is quiet and focused on the team and helping them achieve their goals. Kylian is very mature despite his age.
‘Both club and player are trying to come to an agreement that will see Kylian stay with us for a long time. It’s the desire of the club and we are working on everything.
Sporting director Leonardo suggested Mbappe and Neymar were edging closer to new deals
‘You cannot control what happens outside. Does it have any effect on the players’ performance or the atmosphere of the team? Zero, no consequences.’
Reports from The Telegraph this week however suggested Mbappe’s chances of staying were 50/50 because he is resisting signing a new deal amid links to LaLiga giants Madrid and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
Speaking ahead of Saturday night’s Clasico against Barcelona, Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane remained coy on a summer move for his compatriot.
‘It’s different [with Mbappe] because I know him, we know each other really well and that’s all,’ Zidane said.
‘But he isn’t my player and I can’t talk about anything… Kylian is a great player, and what he wants to do in the future we’ll see. Right now it isn’t my concern.’
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane remained coy on a summer move for his compatriot