PARIS (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) Sporting Director Leonardo says the club will do “everything” in its power to extend Kylian Mbappe’s contract as Real Madrid threaten to prise him away on a free transfer.
The France star has long been linked with a move to Madrid, who reportedly tabled an unsuccessful offer worth up to EUR180 million (USD200 million) for Mbappe in August.
Despite the feted arrival of seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi, Mbappe has underlined his status as the key to PSG’s pursuit of European success.
His 24 goals this season easily outnumber those of the team’s second leading scorer, Messi,
The 23-year-old equalled Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s tally of 156 goals in PSG colours in last weekend’s win over Saint-Etienne. Only Edinson Cavani has scored more goals for the club (200).
“As long as there’s no signature, we’re going to try everything. We’re going to do everything to keep him,” Leonardo told French sports daily L’Equipe.