PSG have released an official statement insisting that Kylian Mbappe will not be sold this summer.
Mbappe sent shockwaves across Europe by suggesting he might be ready to start “a new project” elsewhere after completing a clean sweep of Ligue Un awards.
“It’s a very important moment for me, I come to a turning point in my career,” he said at last weekend’s UNFP (French Professional Footballers Association) Awards.
“I have discovered a lot here, and I feel it is maybe the moment to have more responsibility.
“I hope that can perhaps be at Paris St Germain, that would be a great pleasure. Or maybe elsewhere with a new project.”
A further report in Le Parisien has shed a light on the ‘complex relationship’ Mbappe shares with manager Thomas Tuchel, which could be playing a part in his apparent unhappiness in the French capital.
The pair are said to be on ‘good’ but ‘not necessarily fluid’ terms, with moments of ‘misunderstanding’ and ‘friction’.
Mbappe missed out on winning the European Golden Shoe by a full four goals, but the article claims that Tuchel’s decision to rest him against Strasbourg on April 7 might be a factor in his current unrest.
The Daily Mail have taken the report completely out of context by suggesting Mbappe is ‘furious’ with Tuchel as a result, despite Le Parisien’s article stating nothing of the sort.
The forward missed four of PSG’s final six Ligue Un games through suspension – including a game against Nantes that the Mail say Tuchel rested Mbappe for – so can hardly be pointing the finger anyway.
PSG issued a response to speculation arising from Mbappe’s initial quotes, stating in no uncertain terms that he will be there next season.
“Strong links have united PSG and Kylian Mbappe for two years and that same story will continue next season,” they said.
“With a shared ambition to mark history in European football, after 50 years since PSG was founded, we have a chance to write a big page in history together and each major player will have to play his part, always working for the team.”