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PSG: Al Khelaifi confirms final decision on Mbappe amid Real Madrid links

Nasser Al-Khelaifi at PSG
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The French superstar has been heavily linked with a summer move away from PSG.

Paris Saint-Germain will not lose Kylian Mbappe for free next summer, according to club president Nasser Al Khelaifi.

Earlier this summer, a report from L’Equipe claimed Mbappe had decided against triggering the option to extend his PSG contract until 2025.

PSG, who want to avoid a free departure next summer, are under pressure to either sign a new deal with Mbappe or sell him ahead of the next season.

“We don’t want Mbappe to leave for free in 2024,” Al Khelaifi told reporters on Wednesday.

“Our position is clear. If Kylian wants to stay, we want him to stay. But he needs to sign a new contract.

“We don’t want to lose the best player in the world for free, it’s impossible.”

Reports of Real Madrid‘s revived interest in signing Mbappe have dominated the headlines in Spain in recent weeks. However, the Frenchman has repeatedly stated that he wants to stay at PSG for another season.

Speaking in a press conference last month, the 24-year-old said: “My only option now is staying at PSG, I already said that.”

Real Madrid are yet to make an official offer for Mbappe this summer. The uncertainty around the superstar’s future could influence Luis Enrique’s squad planning ahead of his first season in charge of PSG.

Speaking in his first press conference at the club, the Spanish boss said of Mbappe rumours: “I am counting on all the players who have a valid contract and with whom we are trying to announce. 

“The market is constantly changing. We are going to have a great squad.”