Paris Saint-Germain now confident of keeping Real Madrid target Kylian Mbappe

Kylian Mbappe is a target for Real Madrid. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP) (Photo by LOIC VENANCE/AFP via Getty Images)

Paris Saint-Germain are increasingly confident of keeping Kylian Mbappe at the club beyond the end of his contract, despite interest from Real Madrid.

The Frenchman was keen on signing for the La Liga giants this summer but the Ligue 1 club rejected two hefty bids for the 22-year-old, the last of which was said to be worth around £170m.

Mbappe joined PSG from Monaco four years ago in a deal worth £166m but he’s entered the last year of his contarct in the French capital and the club risk losing him on a free if he refuses to sign a new deal.

However, in a dramatic change of tune from comments earlier this summer, PSG director Leonardo now says Mbappe will stay with the club for years to come.

Mbappe is in the last year of his deal in Paris (Photo by Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images)

‘I don’t see Mbappe leaving at the end of this season. Nobody is thinking about the future of Paris Saint-Germain without Kylian,’ said Leonardo.

‘Kylian sort of represents the difference between the superficial and the deep. Kylian’s relationship with Paris Saint-Germain is deep. That’s why we don’t think about anything else.

‘Kylian represents many things. Not only because he is French or one of the best players in the world. He has a way of being that we like and one that everyone likes

Madrid sold the likes of Martin Odegaard and Raphael Varane this summer in order to launch a bid for Mbappe.

The Spaniards were accused of pointlessly bidding for Mbappe, knowing that the bid would be rejected by PSG.

It’s felt Madrid had always planned on signing Mbappe on a free transfer in 2022 and that they simply wanted to unsettle the Frenchman further.

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