‘I don’t want to throw promises into the air without being sure that they can be kept’: PSG director Leonardo admits club may be unable to keep Kylian Mbappe amid Real Madrid interest
- Kylian Mbappe is on Real Madrid’s star-studded list of transfer targets
- PSG sporting director Leonardo believes 20-year-old Mbappe is happy in Paris
- But Leonardo admits he cannot promise that the player will stay at the club
PSG sporting director Leonardo has admitted he is not in a position to promise fans that key man Kylian Mbappe will remain at the club.
Mbappe is on Real Madrid’s star-studded list of transfer targets and the 20-year-old claimed earlier this summer that a ‘new project’ may appeal to him.
Leonardo believes Mbappe is happy in Paris but he stopped short of guaranteeing that he will still be at the Parc des Princes when the transfer window closes.
PSG star Kylian Mbappe pictured last weekend at the Women’s World Cup final in Lyon, France
‘There’s no doubt he’s a priority for us or not. Mbappe is here and he is very important to the club, there’s no question about it,’ he told Le Parisien.
‘When training resumed on Monday, he arrived with a great attitude – a big smile on his face.
‘As always. He’s very charismatic, the fans love him. It’s important to have a player like him in the team – one who’s young and always happy and smiling.’
Leonardo continued: ‘I never make promises for two reasons. Firstly because I am not the person who is responsible for everything that happens at this club and, secondly, I don’t want to throw promises up into the air without being sure that they can be kept.
‘I’m only interested in reality, and what we know for sure today.’
Despite his tender age, Mbappe has already scored 60 goals for PSG in two seasons.
He has won the Ligue 1 title twice with the Paris outfit, as well as the Coupe de France and the Coupe de Ligue in 2018.
PSG sporting director Leonardo believes Mbappe is happy in Paris but can’t promise he’ll stay