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“I never wanted to leave PSG” – Mbappe addresses future amid Real Madrid links

By Ollie Thomas

Published: 15:07, 2 August 2019

Kylian Mbappe has stated he ‘never had any intention’ of leaving PSG, despite heavy speculation earlier in the transfer window. 

The French superstar had been linked with a move away from Paris at the start of the window as he emerged as Real Madrid’s reported no.1 target. However, Mbappe has quashed any talk of him leaving.

Mbappe’s uncertain future: Five key things to know…

  • Mbappe won the Ligue 1 Player of the Year in 2018/19, scoring 33 goals in 29 games.
  • Upon winning the award, Mbappe said he wanted “more responsibility” either at PSG or elsewhere.
  • This quote coincided with multiple reports claiming Zidane wanted to bring Mbappe to Madrid.
  • PSG’s summer has been rife with speculation regarding the future of Mbappe and Neymar.
  • However, Mbappe has now said that he never planned on leaving.

Speaking in a press conference ahead of the new Ligue 1 season, Mbappe said: “I never had the intention to leave the club. What I said at the UNFP awards, only I, the board and the coach know the meaning.”

Mbappe only joined PSG permanently last summer after his initial deal from Monaco was on loan, in order to make sure that PSG would comply with FFP rules.

Despite the signing of Idrissa Gana Gueye from Everton earlier this week, headlines have been dominated by reported outgoings instead. Mbappe and Neymar have been heavily associated with moves this window, but it appears they will be staying put.

A summer of change

As is this the case with more or less all of Europe’s top clubs this summer, PSG have had a plethora of players coming in and out. Joining Gueye at PSG will be former Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera, who arrives on a free transfer. Abdou Diallo has joined from Borussia Dortmund and Pablo Sarabia will be coming, too, after impressing with Sevilla last season.

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Some big names have left the French champions, however: Dani Alves, Gianluigi Buffon and Adrien Rabiot all played important roles during their time at the club but all left on a free transfer. Surprisingly, Christopher Nkunku, Timothy Weah and Giovani Lo Celso have also been allowed to leave permanently despite their age and promising performances last season.

While those youngsters have gone, PSG’s best and most important one in Mbappe will be staying.