Kylian Mbappé decides to remain at PSG Instead of joining Real Madrid



Kylian Mbappe has sensationally turned down the opportunity to join Real Madrid and will instead sign a new three-year contract at Paris Saint-Germain after months of speculation about his future.

  The France striker phoned Florentino Perez on Saturday to inform them of his decision after he opted not to move to La Liga despite only having positive talks with the Spanish champions last week.  It is believed that Mbappe wanted to explain to the Real Madrid president why he chose to stay at his hometown club before he appeared in the media.

  Until 2025, with negotiations continuing over whether that would include an option to extend by one or two years.  Paris Saint-Germain is expected to announce the agreement in the coming hours.  Mbappe's mother, Faiza, had said on Friday that her son had received nearly identical offers from the two clubs.

  Mbappe said last week that his decision would be announced "well before" he joins France for the Nations League matches in June.  “I will make my decision very quickly; I am almost done,” said he. “My choice is about to expire.”

  Mbappe joined Paris Saint-Germain from Monaco in 2017 in a deal worth 180 million euros and has established himself as one of the best players in the world.  PSG turned down several offers from Madrid for him last summer, most recently a €200 million deadline, and tried to convince him to continue with the club.  Mbappe scored for Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of the Champions League loss to Madrid this season.

  PSG sporting director Leonardo admitted last August that Mbappe wanted to leave but said Madrid's initial offers did not meet their appreciation and they were not ready to do business in the final week of the window.  But this latest setback comes as a huge blow to Carlo Ancelotti's side as they prepare to face Liverpool in the Champions League final next week in Mbappe's hometown.

  Real Madrid has secured one notable free transfer, as they have struck a deal to bring in defender Antonio Rudiger when his Chelsea contract expires, and are close to extending Luka Modric's contract.  They confirmed that Isco is leaving.

  Paris Saint-Germain has Paul Pogba on their list of potential signings and has been in talks about a possible move for the midfielder who will leave Manchester United.  But Juventus, in which the France international played from 2012 to 2016, is in the running to beat him.  The Italian club offered a three-year contract with a net salary of around €8 million-plus bonuses.

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