Ander Herrera reveals Kylian Mbappe told him he was staying at PSG for TWO WEEKS before the summer transfer window closes… and the Frenchman’s contract extension could depend on ‘what happens this season’
- Three huge bids for Kylian Mbappe from Real Madrid were rejected
- However, Ander Herrera revealed that Mbappé already thought he would stay
- PSG sporting director Leonardo said the attacker wanted to leave this summer
- The club now seems confident that the 22-year-old will stay this season
- In an extensive interview, Herrera also reflected on the influence of Lionel Messi
- In addition, Herrera hit his hopes of adding his two caps for Spain
Ander Herrera has revealed that Kylian Mbappe will remain with Paris Saint-Germain during the final weeks of the transfer window, amid strong interest from Real Madrid. The Spaniard hopes that his teammate can sign a new contract with the club.
Los Blancos made three bids in the last week in a bid to get their hands on the 22-year-old, but the French giants didn’t budge.
PSG sporting director Leonardo said before the first offer of €160 million (£137 million) was made on August 25 that Mbappé wanted to leave for the Spanish capital, but Herrera told El Larguero in quotes from IF that the French star already knew at the time that his immediate future lay in the Parc des Princes – and claims the club had already decided that their prize money would remain.
Ander Herrera has said Kylian Mbappe had told him he would not be going to Real Madrid for a while
PSG sporting director Leonardo admitted that Mbappé wanted to leave for Bernabeu in August
However, Mbappé has remained at the Parc des Princes after Real’s three bids fell on deaf ears
“I thought he was staying,” Herrera said. “This is what he and the club told us. I asked him two weeks before the end of the market and he said, ‘I’m here.’
“Everything I saw didn’t match what happened here. What happens this season may affect Mbappe’s pronunciation.’
Leonardo publicly admitted that although Mbappe wanted to leave, the £137m fee was too low and Real had taken an ‘illegal’ approach to the player – but the fact that the Brazilian said the offer was insufficient left the door open for a move.
The second offer of €180 million (£154 million) was met with silence before a €200 million (£172 million) bid was submitted on the last day of the window, which PSG would never accept without time to find a replacement. to find.
It looks like Mbappe will move to the Bernabeu next summer when his PSG contract expires, but the club seem more optimistic a deal could be knocked down, despite the 2018 World Cup winner hesitating to put pen to paper, with Leonardo saying : don’t see Mbappe leaving at the end of the season.’
In an extensive interview, Herrera also spoke about the sensational arrival of Lionel Messi and the impact of the six-time Ballon d’Or winner on the squad.
Leonardo claimed earlier this week that the club expected Mbappé to stay this season
This is despite strong speculation that Mbappe will move to Madrid once his PSG deal expires
“In football there are different kinds of leadership. There are captains who encourage and there are leaders who set an example. Which [the second option] is Leo,” Herrera explained.
Was the 32-year-old surprised by the move?
“For two or three months we have always discussed the possibility with the Argentines. It really surprised me.
Herrera admitted it was strange to see Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos at a new club
“All of us who have seen Messi’s evolution thought it was strange to see him wearing a different shirt like Sergio Ramos.”
Ramos has been unavailable for selection since leaving Real this summer due to a calf problem and Herrera revealed the decorated centre-back is itching to get back on the pitch.
“He has an insane desire to play. He is a leader and a winner. He has played 99% of the games of his career and I don’t want to burden him too much by asking him. We really want to see him with us.’
The ex-Manchester United midfielder enjoys being with a team that really want to beat rivals
The men of Mauricio Pochettino surprisingly lost in the Ligue 1 title race to Lille last season and have started this season with five wins out of five and are firm favorites to fight back their crown. Herrera enjoys the challenge.
“I notice every day that when rivals play against us, it’s their game of the year. I like that. I wanted to play with the best and I love being the rival to beat.”
Herrera’s only two caps for Spain came during the 2016-17 season when he played for Manchester United, but the Real Zaragoza academy graduate is unwilling to close the book on his international career.
Herrera hopes to convince Luis Enrique of his qualities and increase his two caps for Spain
‘I dream of it. I would like to represent my country, even if I have been in big clubs.
“I don’t think any coach throws stones on his roof and I have to try to convince with my game.”
PSG will host Lyon on Sunday, with Mbappe reportedly doubtful for the game after suffering an ankle injury in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Club Brugge.