Kylian Mbappe 'tells Mauricio Pochettino that he will NOT renew his PSG contract beyond 2022' amid Real Madrid interest... but he has 'made it clear he will not force through an exit this summer'
The 22-year-old has just one year left on his deal at the Parc des Princes having scored 132 goals in 171 appearances since moving to the French capital from Monaco in 2017.
Mbappe has only just returned from pre-season having been handed an extended break following his international exploits with France at Euro 2020 this summer.
But according to Spanish news outlet Marca, the forward has informed his manager Pochettino that he does not want to extend his contract with the club, though Mbappe will not force a move away from PSG.
The report adds that Real Madrid are waiting in the wings to find the perfect opportunity to sign Mbappe, after their patience paid off in snapping up David Alaba on a free transfer from Bayern Munich this summer.
PSG now face a dilemma regarding whether to hang onto Mbappe this season and risk losing him for a free this time next year, or simply cash in on the player in the current transfer window.
The French club have been trying to build a world-class squad around Mbappe this summer, adding the likes of Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Achraf Hakimi and Georginio Wijnaldum to the Ligue 1 giants' squad.
Pochettino and Co were boosted when Brazilian talisman Neymar signed a new three-year contract at the beginning of May and were confident that Mbappe could join his fellow attacker in penning a new extension.
But Mbappe revealed before the Euro 2020 campaign with France, which saw him miss a penalty in the last-16 shootout defeat to Switzerland which signalled Les Bleus' exit from the competition, that he was undecided on his future.
When asked about his club future at the beginning of June, the 22-year-old said: 'I don't necessarily need to go fast. I have to make the right decision, which is difficult, and give myself every chance to make up my mind.
'I am in a place where I like myself, where I feel good. But is this the best place for me? I don't have the answer yet. I know that a project with or without me is not quite the same for the club.
'But PSG understand my feelings. Probably also because they knows that I will not sneak.'
Meanwhile, new PSG defender Ramos - who moved on a free transfer from the Spanish giants earlier this summer - revealed he wants Mbappe to stay in the French capital, though maintained he needs to join Real one day.
Ramos told Spanish news outlet AS this month: 'Madrid is one of the best clubs in the world. On a historical level, the best. For me, great players have to go through there.
'But now I want him (Mbappe) on my team. I want to win and for that I want the best to be by my side.
'Advice on a personal level I could never give. I could tell him something from experience, but I would do it in private.
'As a PSG player, I would like him to stay. I like to play with the best and Mbappe is one of them.'