Kylian Mbappe, the young football prodigy and star striker for Paris Saint-Germain, has definitively denied rumors that he intends to leave the club this summer.
Mbappe took to Twitter to refute reports from French media outlets claiming that the 24-year-old forward had refused to extend his contract and was angling for a move to Real Madrid.
“LIES…At the same time, the bigger it is, the more it passes. I have already said that I will continue next season at PSG where I am very happy,” Mbappe tweeted.
The prolific goalscorer helped lead PSG to the Ligue 1 title this season, scoring 29 goals in 34 appearances.
Speculation has swirled around Mbappe’s future as his current contract is set to expire in 2024. PSG was keen to lock down their talisman to a long-term deal but had to settle for a two-year contract with an option for a third year last summer.
When Mbappe declined to trigger that extension, rumors spread that he was preparing to exit the club, possibly to join Real Madrid. The 14-time European champions have long coveted the young French phenom.
While Mbappe did not rule out eventually leaving PSG, his tweet affirmed his commitment to the club for at least one more season. The news will come as a relief to PSG supporters and management.
Mbappe has emerged as the face of the franchise, already the club’s all-time leading scorer at just 24 years of age. His prolific partnership with Neymar has made PSG perennial contenders on the European stage.
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Though Mbappe and Neymar will remain in Paris for now, PSG is facing a potential overhaul this summer. Lionel Messi has chosen to depart after two seasons, opting to join Major League Soccer side Inter Miami.
Neymar himself could exit, with Saudi club Al-Hilal rumored to be interested in the Brazilian superstar.
Through it all, Mbappe remains devoted to PSG, the club that gave him his professional debut at just 16 years of age.
While Mbappe’s long-term future remains uncertain, PSG fans can rest assured that their star man is staying put for at least one more season.