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PSG president “200% sure” Mbappe will remain at the club amid Liverpool links

By Ollie Thomas

Published: 18:01, 18 June 2019

Kylian Mbappe will “200%” still be at Paris Saint-Germain next season, according to club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

Despite only joining PSG permanently from Monaco a year ago, speculation has been rife regarding Mbappe’s future at the club following the Frenchman saying that he wanted “more responsibility”.

Do PSG fear Mbappe exit? Five things to know…

  1. Mbappe joined PSG from Monaco for €180m (£165.7m) in 2018 following a year-long loan.
  2. The 20-year-old won the Ligue 1 Player of the Year in 2018/19, scoring 33 goals in 29 games.
  3. Upon winning the award, Mbappe said he wanted “more responsibility” either at PSG or elsewhere.
  4. Mbappe and Neymar are both reportedly vying for the ‘main man’ tag at PSG.
  5. Real Madrid and Liverpool have both been linked to the French forward.

Amidst heavy speculation linking Mbappe with a move away from the French capital, PSG president Al-Khelaifi has been defiant on his stance.

“I will not let go of this ‘crazy’ player,” he told France Football.

He added: “He wants to be more involved in our project to grow with the team, the club.

“Will he still be at PSG next year? I am not 100% sure but 200%.”

Al-Khelaifi seemed slightly less convinced regarding the future of Neymar. The Brazilian has had a troublesome season on and off the pitch, and reports in Spain suggest he is unhappy in Paris.

“Nobody forced him to sign here. Nobody pushed him. He came knowingly to join a project,” said the PSG president.

There has been intense speculation regarding the future of Neymar, particularly about a return to the Camp Nou, and no doubt this will continue over the summer. If recent reports are anything to go by, it appears PSG are not big enough for both Neymar and Mbappe.

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Where could Mbappe go?

Mbappe was a reported target for Real Madrid, with a big summer of spending already underway at the Bernabeu. In fact, one of the main talking points from Eden Hazard’s unveiling following his transfer from Chelsea was the chant of “we want Mbappe!” by a section of Madrid fans. However, following the signings of the likes of Hazard, Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy, it appears unlikely that Madrid will have much more to spend unless they are able to offload some superstars of their own.

In quite possibly the epitome of modern transfer rumours, Mbappe’s recent Instagram activity saw Liverpool emerge as recent favourites to sign him. He followed Mohamed Salah, Fabinho and Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard in quick succession, as well as being pictured with part Liverpool owner, LeBron James. The astronomical fee needed to acquire Mbappe’s services would not necessarily deter Liverpool: their Champions League triumph and Premier League TV rights payments, partnered with their modest net spend over recent seasons, means they could well have the financial capability to compete with Madrid.