Real Madrid chief Florentino Perez ‘tells players in dressing room that Kylian Mbappe will not be joining the club’ after France superstar receives ‘almost identical’ offers from PSG and Liga champions
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez entered the dressing room after the Liga champions’ final game of the season to tell their players that Kylian Mbappe will not be joining them, according to a report.
The Champions League finalists failed with a final bid of £154million for the Ligue 1 top scorer at the end of the last summer transfer window, leading to a season of speculation that Mbappe would move to Madrid when his contract expires this summer.
Mbappe’s mother, Fayza Lamari, said on Friday that the 23-year-old had concluded discussions with both clubs over ‘almost identical’ offers.
Out-of-contract Kylian Mbappe (left) has been persistently linked with a switch to Real Madrid
Club president Florentino Perez (right) has reportedly said that Mbappe is not joining Madrid
Perez informed Carlo Ancelotti’s squad that Mbappe is not Madrid-bound following their goalless draw at the Bernabeu against Real Betis on Friday, Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has claimed to have been told by a source.
The journalist and presenter appeared to suggest that Madrid and PSG were both willing to pay Mbappe a signing on fee of €150million – around £126.7million – alongside wages and bonuses.
A report on Thursday said that the French champions had offered Mbappe £4million a month and ‘complete control’ of the club’s sporting project.
The 2018 World Cup winner was cagey about his future on Sunday amid claims that he was on the verge of joining Madrid on a five-year deal.
Mbappe was named as Ligue 1’s finest player in a ceremony featuring Thierry Henry this week
The former Monaco striker told Marca: ‘I can’t say about my future but you’ll know very soon… it’s almost decided. This isn’t the right moment but yes, yes… my decision is almost done’.
Mbappe’s mother then told Kora Plus: ‘Now we have found an agreement with both Real Madrid and PSG and the discussions are over because it is Kylian who has to choose now.
‘The two offers, that of PSG and Real, are almost identical. At Real, my son will have control of his image rights. We will now await his decision.
‘In the Real Madrid offer we have full power of image rights, on the other hand there is an economic balance that rewards this thing. In short, there is no difference between the two – they are similar.’
The top scorer has formed a superstar attacking trio at PSG with Lionel Messi (left) and Neymar
PSG completed the permanent signing of Mbappe for £166million in 2018 after he had spent a season on loan at the club from Monaco.
The second-most expensive player in history behind team-mate Neymar, Mbappe scored 25 goals and provided 17 assists as PSG won the top flight at a canter this season.
Mauricio Pochettino’s were knocked out of the Champions League round of 16 n dramatic fashion by Madrid.
Karim Benzema scored three times in the final 29 minutes of the tie at the Bernabeu to cancel out PSG’s 2-0 aggregate lead courtesy of goals in both legs by Mbappe.