Paris Saint-Germain’s sporting director Leonardo has accused Real Madrid of having a “lack of respect” over their interest in Kylian Mbappe.
In the summer, Real made an offer for the France international, which was rejected by PSG. Mbappe’s contract at PSG is set to expire in the summer, meaning Real could sign him for free, and earlier this month, Real president Florentino Perez said: “In January we will have news from Mbappe”.
He later backtracked on those comments.
Perez’s comments followed Mbappe’s interview with RMC Sport in which the 22-year-old confirmed he asked to leave the Ligue 1 titans in the summer after Real showed interest in signing the forward.
Leonardo told the Festival dello Sport: “From Madrid they deny, but I think Real Madrid have been doing a job to buy Mbappe [as a free agent] for a long time. For two years they have been speaking publicly about Mbappe. This must be punished.
“From Real Madrid I see a lack of respect for Mbappe. He is not a normal player, he is one of the best in the world. The manager, the board, Real players spoke about Kylian… I think it’s part of their plan. Not respectful.”
He added: “Our idea is to extend Kylian Mbappe’s contract. Nothing has changed in our plans. Kylian is a jewel, he is incredibly perfect for PSG… then we’ve Kylian, Leo (Messi), (Neymar). We’ve never planned PSG’s future without Mbappe.”
Mbappe has got off to a flying start this season for PSG, picking up four goals and three assists in nine league matches. He also has two assists in two Champions League appearances.