Kylian Mbappe may leave Paris Saint-Germain at the conclusion of the season, but Mauricio Pochettino is confident in his dedication for the time being.
Kylian Mbappe has persuaded Mauricio Pochettino that transfer rumors will not influence him as the Parisians fight to keep the talented forward away from Real Madrid.
Real Madrid sought the France international in August, and theLaLiga
powerhouse are likely to push for signing the 23-year-old again since his contract is set to expire in less than six months.
Then again, Mbappe hasn't said much about his future intentions, but the former Monaco player is in for a treat.
Pochettino, the head coach of PSG, will remain focused on his managerial duties, with contract discussions falling outside of his purview. Mbappe may depart as a free agent, but PSG are hoping he would agree to lucrative long-term renewal.
Mbappe's words and actions have persuaded Pochettino that the player who has netted 15 goals in 24 matches this season will not be sidetracked by the subject of where he will compete next season.
"I think the contract situations in football only affects you if you are not mature enough," Pochettino said in a news conference on Sunday.
"Kylian Mbappe is mature and we know what the conditions are here. We do not think it is a problem. We all hope Kylian Mbappe can stay at the club for many years, but there are two sides to making this decision.
"We hope that Kylian Mbappe continues performing as he has been doing and that there is a positive solution for everyone."
Mbappe has stated that he has no intention of leaving PSG in the middle of the season, which means PSG can build around him for the remainder of the season.
They dominateLigue 1
and have advanced to the final 16 of theChampions League
, where they will face Real Madrid, which will certainly spark further conjecture.
In December, Mbappe said to CNN:
"No, I'm not joining Real Madrid in January. In January it's not happening.
"I'm in Paris Saint-Germain, I'm really happy, and I will 100 percent finish the season as a PSG player. I'll give everything to win with Paris all titles this year."
PSG will look to claim theCoupe de France
for the seventh time after winning it six times in the previous seven seasons, and they will resume their season against fourth-tier Vannes on Monday.
"I like the Coupe de France," said Pochettino. "It's the oldest competition in France, we love this competition and playing against teams like Vannes. That's real football, it's a football that speaks to everyone and we can't wait to be there."
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