Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has said the club will have news on the potential signing of Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain in January.
Mbappe, whose contract with PSG expires at the end of this season, will be free to negotiate with any club outside France from 1 January but is only understood to be interested in a move to Madrid.
“In January we will have news from Mbappe. We hope that on 1 January everything can be solved,” the Real president told El Debate.
Mbappe admitted this week that he asked to leave PSG in the summer, with Madrid submitting a €160 million bid in the latter stages of the transfer window. That offer was refused by the French club, who still hope to persuade Mbappe to commit to a new long-term contract. The 22-year-old, though, says he is “far” from reaching an agreement to remain in Paris.
“I asked to leave. This club has given me a lot; I have always been happy – the four years I have had here – and I still am. I said it early enough so that the club could react,” Mbappe told RMC.
“I wanted everyone to come out of this stronger. [However], I said, ‘if you don’t want me to go I will stay’.”
Karim Benzema, who is on France international duty with Mbappe, said the move was “only a matter of time”.
“[Mbappe] said it himself,” the striker said. “He wants to see something else. Someday he will play for Real Madrid. I don’t know when. But he will come.”
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