Paris St Germain (PSG) have reportedly turned down Real Madrid’s bid for Kylian Mbappe.
The French side branded Madrid’s approach for their star player “incorrect, illegal”.
PSG sporting director Leonardo de Araujo has admitted that the 22-year-old forward is aiming to leave the club.
The French international has only one year left on his contract, which will expire in June 2022.
“Kylian Mbappe wants to leave, it seems clear to me. If Real Madrid makes an offer, it seems clear to me. I am giving a position, which I think is clear to everyone,” Leonardo told French radio station RMC Sport.
“We cannot, in the last week [of the window] change our plans. If he wants to leave, we are not going to hold him back, but it is on our terms.”
Mbappe joined PSG in 2017 from Monaco in a transfer worth £165.7 million.
However, Leonardo reckons that Mbappe will only be allowed to move to Madrid only if their valuation is met. The Spanish giants’ bid is understood to be around £30m less than the figure Mbappe was bought from Monaco.
Ever since joining PSG, Mbappe has found the back of the net on 133 occasions in 174 appearances, having won three Ligue 1 titles and three French Cups.
“Kylian was given two important offers. One at the level of the top players in the squad two months ago and one above these players very recently,” added Leonardo.
“We want to prove to him that he is an important player, at the centre of the team, but not above the team.
“Compared to Real’s position, it looks like a strategy to get a ‘no’ from us, to show that they have to try everything and wait a year to have [him for] free.
“It’s been two years since Real behaved like this, it’s incorrect, illegal even because they contacted the player. This is unacceptable to us.
“This is the very proof of the strategy; an offer arrives one year from the end of his contract and seven days from the end [of the transfer window]. They want a refusal to show Kylian that they have tried everything and start negotiating for next year.
“We said no verbally. But no one is being held back. If someone wants to leave and our conditions are met, we will see.
“But we created a dream with our players this summer and we won’t let anyone destroy it. The offer is considered to be very far from what Kylian represents today.”
Meanwhile, PSG’s attempts to extend his contract have so far failed, and they believe Real’s ploy is to sign him for nothing next summer.
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By FARPost Reporter