Mbappe to stay at PSG next season ‘whatever happens’

PARIS (AFP) – Kylian Mbappe said he would remain with French champions Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) next season “whatever happens” despite constant speculation over his future.

“I’m here. I’m part of the project for a fourth year,” Mbappe, 21, told BeIn Sport during half-time of PSG’s 4-0 win over Celtic in a friendly played in front of around 5,000 fans at the Parc des Princes.

“The club’s 50-year anniversary is an important one in the eyes of the club, the supporters, of everyone, so I will be here whatever happens.

“I’m going to try and bring back trophies with the team and give the best of myself,” added Mbappe, who arrived at PSG from Monaco in 2017 in a deal worth EUR180 million.

Real Madrid have regularly been linked with a move for Mbappe, but Club President Florentino Perez said last week the Spanish champions would not make any big signings this summer.

“Kylian has a contract with us, we’re not ready to sell him. He is super important, he’s a key player, our player. It’s a gift to work with him,” said PSG coach Thomas Tuchel.

“It’s super. There’s a really nice connection between him and Neymar. It makes it fun for everyone. It’s a real strength for PSG. It’s great like that.”