Paris Saint-Germain wonderkid Kylian Mbappe has stated that he will remain with the club next season, bringing the speculation of a move to Real Madrid this summer to an end.
Zinedine Zidane is thought to be a huge fan of the forward and was linked with a blockbuster move for Mbappe as part of his summer squad overhaul.
However, speaking to Canal+ following PSG’s 3-1 win over Monaco on Sunday, Mbappe put an end to the speculation around his future.
He said: “I’m staying at PSG.
The links to Los Blancos strengthened recently following Mbappe’s public bust-up with manager Thomas Tuchel. Speaking to Canal+ after their shock 5-1 defeat at the hands of Lille, Mbappe questioned his side’s mentality, drawing criticism from his manager in his own post-match interview.
Mbappe was subsequently dropped for the following game against Nantes, before returning to the lineup to net a hat-trick against his former side on Sunday to seal the Ligue 1 title for PSG.
This season, the 20-year-old has racked up a stunning 36 goals and 17 assists in just 40 matches in all competitions, ensuring PSG picked up a sixth league title in the last seven years.
This kind of form has attracted the interest of Zidane, and many had speculated that PSG may be forced to sell the youngster amid fears of breaching UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations. However, Mbappe’s recent comments seem to have put an end to such rumours.
Instead, Zidane is expected to target the likes of Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Tottenham Hotspur’s Christan Eriksen and Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, although their move for the latter could be in jeopardy over Pogba’s high wage demands.