Leonardo: “I can’t promise that Mbappe will renew his PSG contract”

10 Jul 2019
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Sporting director Leonardo has admitted that he can’t guarantee that Kylian Mbappe will renew his contract at Paris Saint-Germain.

Mbappe has been constantly linked with a move to Real Madrid since he admitted that he’d like to have more responsibility.

“It’s not a question of knowing whether [his contract] is a priority or not,” Leonardo told Le Parisien.

Mbappe is here. He’s very important for the club and there’s no debate [over his importance].

“He’s returned to training with a super-positive attitude, with a smile. He’s charismatic. People really like him and it’s important to have a player like him in your team.”

Mbappe has three years left on his current deal and could run it down in order to force a move to Santiago Bernabeu.

“I don’t make promises,” Leonardo said when he was asked whether Mbappe would renew his contract.

“For two reasons. Firstly because I don’t represent everyone at the club and secondly because I don’t make promises without being sure I can fulfill them.

“The only thing that interests me is the present, the now.”

One of the reasons that Mbappe is considering a move away from Paris is that he wants to play as a central striker. Edinson Cavani currently occupies that spot at PSG and Thomas Tuchel has been using Mbappe as a winger during his time as coach.

“If you look at the careers of some of the greats, you see that they’ve played in various positions,” Leonardo said.

“It was the case with [Zinedine] ZidaneCristiano [Ronaldo] played on the left, on the right and up front. Ronaldinho played in various positions.

“A player like Mbappe can do what he wants. Play in whatever position. He has lots of qualities, he’s agile, quick and technically gifted. He’s a good goalscorer, he’s intelligent… he has it all.”

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