Paris Saint-Germain expect Kylian Mbappe to sign extension
One of the biggest stories of the summer transfer window that closed Aug. 31 involved Real Madrid's repeated pursuits of Paris Saint-Germain star forward Kylian Mbappe.
It was reported at the end of last month Paris Saint-Germain simply never responded to Real Madrid's final bid of €200 million ($236 million) for the 22-year-old who is out of contract at the end of the season. Per Alex Kirkland and Rodrigo Faez of ESPN, however, Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo recently told French outlet Canal+ that's not accurate.
"Honestly we weren't happy with Real Madrid's behavior," Leonardo explained. "Starting talks for one of the best players in the world in the last week of the market caused a situation that we didn't like. Our position was clear with (previously reported offers). It wasn't enough for us. It was less than what we paid.
"The last offer that people talk about never arrived. You can't plan a transfer market for two, three or four months and change your plans just like that."
It's long been said Mbappe dreams of playing in Madrid, won't extend his stay with PSG past the current campaign and could sign a pre-contract agreement with the Spanish giants in January and then complete his desired move next summer. Leonardo said he envisions the story ending differently.
"I don't see Mbappe leaving at the end of the season," Leonardo said. "The relationship Kylian has with PSG is deep. Nobody is thinking about the future of PSG without Kylian. I can't imagine it."
For what it's worth, ESPN reported in August that some within Real Madrid were concerned superstar teammates Lionel Messi and Neymar could convince Mbappe to put pen to paper on an extension with PSG before he's legally able to agree to a pre-contract deal at any point after Dec. 31.