Kylian Mbappe has revealed he will be playing for Paris Saint-Germain next season, despite continued speculation linking him with a potential move to Real Madrid.
The 19-year-old striker’s stock has risen to new heights, after he helped to guide France to World Cup glory this summer and is known to be on Real’s radar.
Mbappe became the youngest player since Pele to score in a World Cup final as Les Bleus beat Croatia 4-2 in Moscow on Sunday and is now the hottest property in world football.
The Paris-born frontman had a fantastic goal record with PSG last term, scoring 13 goals in 27 appearances last season. Mbappe has also found the net with regularity for France, with eight goals in 22 internationals.
Paris Saint Germain will now have to pay Monaco a sizeable fee to turn his initial one-season loan move into a permanent deal, but there had been talk of Real then breaking the bank to take him to Madrid.
Recent reports in the Spanish media suggested the Champions League winners had held talks with Mbappe’s representatives over a potential move to the Bernabeu this summer.
Real are on the lookout for a marquee signing to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, and, although Mbappe would look to be the perfect signing, the youngster has rejected the talk of a move to the Spanish capital.
When asked about the possibility of joining Real, the teenager said: “No, I have a contract with PSG, I?m happy with this team. At the moment, this transfer is absolutely impossible.”
Mbappe’s younger brother, Ethan, is currently with the PSG youth set-up and that might prove to be another key factor in the 19-year-old deciding to stay put.
Real have also been linked with a move for Brazilian star Neymar and that now looks a more likely prospect than Mbappe heading to Spain during the current transfer window.
A deal for the Brazilian ace would be massive news, especially as it was just a year ago when he completed a record transfer to PSG from Real’s major rivals Barcelona.