PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi insists Kylian Mbappe never wanted to leave amid Real Madrid links
‘I was sure Kylian would stay’: PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi insists Mbappe never wanted to leave the club despite Real Madrid interest and claims he turned down a £155m offer despite the striker is available for free
- Real Madrid believed they struck a deal to sign Kylian Mbappe last month
- But the attacker stunned the world and signed a new three-year contract with PSG
- PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi claims he always knew Mbappe would stay
- He says the 23-year-old is interested in the club’s ‘sports project’ and not in money
PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi claims he always knew Kylian Mbappe would stay at the club this summer despite interest from Real Madrid.
The LaLiga side believed they had struck a deal last month to sign the attacker when his contract expired in Paris – only for him to stun the world and sign another three-year deal in the French capital.
Mbappe will earn a whopping £650,000 a week until June 2025, making him one of the highest paid players in the world. He will also control the image rights and receive a £126 million sign-up bonus.
Kylian Mbappe turned down Real Madrid and signed a new three-year contract with PSG last month
However, Al-Khelaifi insists money was not important in extending the 23-year-old’s contract. He also alleges Real Madrid made PSG a late £155m offer to sign Mbappe, despite his being available for free.
“He’s our player and he had other clubs in England than Madrid, but he chose PSG and we didn’t talk to him or his family about his money until the last minute,” said Al-Khelaifi. marca†
“I have a lot of respect for Real Madrid as a club, it’s a great club, but Kylian never decided to renew for the money. They made €170 million (£146 million) and €180 million (£155 million) bids. Which means Madrid’s offer plus his salary was already better than ours.
The attacker was closely linked with a move to Real Madrid as his previous PSG deal expired
But PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi claims he always knew Mbappe would stay at the club
“I turned down 180 million euros and they told me I was crazy. People I trusted because he could go for free, but I did it because I was sure Kylian would stay because I know him and his family well, I know what he wants.
‘Kylian was particularly interested in the project, football and sports. He is Parisian, he is French, and he wanted to stay here to represent his city and his country, his club, and what has been said about him is not fair. Money is not the most important thing for him, he wanted to win and he wants a sports project.’
It is the latest battle of words between Al-Khelaifi and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, who remained disgruntled after being snubbed by Mbappe – a player he has vigorously pursued for the past two years.
Florentino Perez has claimed the 23-year-old’s ‘dream’ was to play for Real Madrid
Perez claims it was Mbappe’s ‘dream’ to play for Real Madrid and that the attacker repeatedly told him he would sign with the Bernabeu before changing his mind just ’15 days’ before signing a new deal with PSG.
But Al-Khelaifi rejected this allegation, insisting there was never a chance the France international would move to Los Blancos.
“I’ve known for 18 months that Mbappe wanted to stay and he said it when I asked,” said the PSG chairman. “I heard they said in Madrid that he wanted to play in Madrid, but that was not true.
“Kylian is very serious, professional, and what he wants to win and play, it’s not about money for him. I understand Madrid is disappointed, but it’s not fair to say that about Mbappe.”