Kylian Mbappe believes his Real Madrid dream is ‘never over’

Despite passing down Real Madrid in order to sign a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain after over a year of speculation, Kylian Mbappe believes his ambition of playing for the Spanish champions is “never over.

Over the previous two weeks, the 23-year-old World Cup winner reached agreements with both teams, but finally elected to stay with his present club after talking with figures such as current French President Emmanuel Macron and predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy about his future.

Real Madrid were certain of landing the striker’s talents on a free transfer this summer, and were willing to provide a signing-on fee and weekly salaries that would have made Mbappe the highest-paid footballer on the planet.

But PSG countered with an even more enticing offer, and Mbappe signed a contract with the club over the weekend, committing his future to the club that paid just under 200 million euros to AS Monaco for his talents in 2018.

Despite appearing to have burned bridges with Los Blancos, with France international teammate Karim Benzema expressing his disgust with Mbappe’s decision on Instagram, Mbappe thinks he might still move to Madrid in the future.

‘[The opportunity to join Real Madrid] is never over,’ says the player. ‘The only problem is that now I have signed a contract for another three years,’ Mbappe told the BBC. You never know what the future may hold. I have stopped thinking about the future and am just concerned with the present, which is that I have renewed my contract with Paris Saint-Germain for another three years.

‘I spoke with Real Madrid’s president because I have a great deal of respect for him and the club. I thought it was vital to state clearly that I would not be attending. To be a successful player, you must be honest, and everything went well because we have a strong working relationship.’

Mbappe eventually decided to stay with PSG because of his dedication to his country.

He stated, “Leaving my nation is not the proper thing to do.” ‘This has a sentimental component to it. It is my homeland. The ongoing project has also changed. That has made me want to stay because I believe my tale is not yet finished. That is true both collectively and individually for me. ‘I believe there are many more fantastic chapters to be written.’

PSG chairman Nassar Al-Khelaifi fired sporting director Leonardo after the club’s final-day victory over Metz on Saturday evening, but manager Mauricio Pochettino’s future remained uncertain.

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