Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo says the club has rejected Real Madrid’s €160m (£137m) bid for Kylian Mbappe even though the player has made it clear he wants to leave.
The France World Cup winner, 22, joined Paris Saint-Germain from fellow Ligue 1 club Monaco for £166m in 2017 and his contract expires next summer.
Mbappe won three French Ligue 1 titles and three French Cups at the Parc des Princes.
And Leonardo said: “Yes, we said no verbally to the Real.” RMC Sport. “No one is being held back. If someone wants to leave and our conditions are met, we’ll see.”
“The offer is a far cry from what Kylian deserves today. We also owe a portion of this money to Monaco and consider the offer to be insufficient.”
Leonardo said Mbappe, who has started all three of his team’s Ligue 1 games this season and scored in the 4-2 win over Brest on Friday, had promised PSG he would not leave for free.
“Killian wants to leave, it seems clear to me. If Real Madrid makes an offer, it seems clear to me… I take a position that I think is clear to everyone. If he wants to leave, we won’t go. Let’s frustrate him but that will be,” the former Paris Saint-Germain midfielder said. on our terms.”
“Kylian has always promised that he will not leave the club for free. That is what he always told us.
“We have no plans to speak with Real Madrid again. The deadline is August 31 at midnight. This is the transfer period, but we are clear about this: we want to keep him and extend his deal. But we are not going to let him go for less than we paid him, while We still owe Monaco money.”
Paris Saint-Germain signed Argentina striker Lionel Messi earlier this month following his departure from Barcelona.
Leonardo says the club have tried to prove to Mbappe that he is central to the club’s vision but not “above the project” by offering them a new contract.
“Our position has always been to keep Kylian, to extend his agreement, and that has always been our goal and it still is,” the Brazilian added.
“We made two important performances for Kylian: one at the level of the best players in the team two months ago, and one above these players very recently.”