French President Emmanuel Macron asserted on Wednesday that he would “try to push” for Kylian Mbappe to stay at Paris Saint-Germain.
On the sidelines of the VivaTech exhibition in Paris, Macron told a young PSG fan that he had “no scoop” on the future of Mbappe.
“But I will try to push for” the France captain to stay, Macron continued in a light-hearted exchange.
Mbappe sent a letter to the club confirming that he would not take up an option to remain at the French champions until 2025.
The statement underlined regret that the receipt of this letter had been leaked to the media and that these exchanges were made public for the sole purpose of tarnishing their image and hindering smooth discussions with the club.
The announcement comes just over a year after Mbappe’s surprise contract extension with PSG, with whom he has been playing since 2017.
Last year, Mbappe revealed that he had talked about his potential transfer to Real Madrid with Macron, noting that he appreciated the “good advice” of the French president, who wanted the PSG star to stay in France.