Paris Saint-Germain’s president has dismissed claims that Kylian Mbappe is set to exit the club this summer window, amid Liverpool and Real Madrid transfer links.
The France international opened up the possibility of leaving last month when he said it is ‘maybe the moment to have more responsibilities at a new project.’
However, he has since gone back on that statement, suggesting he wants to stay in Paris, and now PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has completely ruled out the forward leaving.
‘Will he still be at PSG next year? I am not 100 per cent sure, but 200 per cent!’ Al Khelaifi told France Football. ‘I will not let go of this player.’
The PSG president was less insistent when asked about Neymar, who is also being linked with an exit away from France.
‘I want players willing to give everything to defend the honour of the jersey and to join the club project.
‘Those who do not want, or do not understand, we see each other and we talk to each other.
‘There are of course contracts to be respected but the priority now is total membership of our project.
‘Nobody forced him to sign here. Nobody pushed him. He came knowingly to join a project.’
Mbappe’s comments last month were made when he won the Ligue 1 Player of the Season award.
‘This is a very important moment for me,’ said Mbappe after winning the award.
‘I am arriving at the second turning point in my career. I have discovered an enormous amount of things here.
‘It is maybe the moment to have more responsibilities, maybe at PSG, with pleasure, or elsewhere for a new project. In any case thanks everyone!
‘I said what I had to say. When you are in such an occasion you can send messages, I think I have sent mine. If I speak more it will be too much and that is not the message I wish to send.’
However, the 20-year-old told Frenchman told Canal+ just a few days later: ‘Yes, I am sure to stay — I am invested here in this project.’