Fri 20 May 2022 | 14:39

Pochettino makes last appeal for Mbappe to stay as his call draws near

If he chooses to depart the French top-flight, Kylian Mbappe might make his farewell match for Paris Saint-Germain against Metz in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

As the deadline approaches, Mauricio Pochettino has urged Kylian Mbappe to remain at

Paris Saint-Germain

and reject the lure of Real Madrid.

A statement is expected soon, and the PSG manager believes it is critical that it comes straight from Mbappe, whose contract elapses at the end of June.

PSG, who dominate

Ligue 1

by 15 points at the top, play Metz in their last match of the season on Saturday evening.

Following that game, championship festivities are expected, but they may be clouded by news from Mbappe, who stated that he will declare his plans before the international break. Pochettino truly hopes Mbappe agrees to remain "for many more years" after reports on Friday indicated clarification will arrive this weekend.

Although it has been claimed that PSG has given him a massive cash deal to stay with the French champions, there is still no unanimity on Mbappe's choice.

"I don't know what it is. I don't walk to talk about it," Pochettino told a news conference on Friday. "I don't know what his decision is.

"It's a personal decision, for Kylian Mbappe linked with the club. There's a lot of information, a lot of rumours. We always respect the club and Kylian Mbappe's position. The club and the player have to speak about such topics.

"I do get information as the coach, but I'm not the right person to make a statement which isn't my responsibility. In this case, that lies with the player."

Pochettino claimed he spoke with sports director Leonardo "about various issues" and that he had "some knowledge" concerning player relocation.

But he made it clear that this did not imply that he knew what Mbappe's future held.

"As for what I want, I want Kylian Mbappe to be here for many years at Paris Saint-Germain," Pochettino said. 

"I don't know the information, I don't know what is going to happen. I am the coach of PSG and I would like him to stay here for many more years."

Mbappe has been heavily tied to Real Madrid in recent months, with the


 heavyweights attempting to buy him in August but being rejected by PSG.

The 23-year-old netted both at home and away against Real Madrid in the

Champions League

to give PSG a 2-0 aggregate advantage in their last-16 encounter, only for Karim Benzema's hat-trick in the closing half-hour of the second leg on March 9 to give Carlo Ancelotti's side a comeback triumph.

Mbappe, the reigning Ligue 1 player of the season, has 168 goals and 77 assists in 216 appearances for PSG since joining the club from Monaco five years ago.

Despite winning the Ligue 1 title by a massive margin, Pochettino's future at PSG has been called into question.

Many anticipated Pochettino to lead PSG farther into the Champions League knockout stages, given the incredible resources at his disposal. He was connected with Manchester United before Erik ten Hag was named manager, and has also been mentioned in the media as a prospective contender to manage Athletic Bilbao next season.

PSG's investors have never been afraid to fire coaches who have failed to live up to their lofty expectations.

Pochettino, on the other hand, expressed his desire to continue working in Paris, adding on Friday:

"I don't see any reason why I won't be here next season. I think the best is yet to come, hopefully.

"Everyone at Paris Saint-Germain wants to win the Champions League. That has become an obsession for the club. I hope we can achieve that."


source: SportMob

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