Al-Khelaifi: PSG remained unmoved by Real Madrid’s €180 million for Mbappe.

Published: 22 June 2022

Nasser Al-Khelaifi and Kylian Mbappe. He opted to sign a new three-year contract with the Paris club.

Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the president of PSG, has revealed why he rejected Real Madrid’s tantalising offer of €180 million for Kylian Mbappe.

The 23-year-old France international was widely anticipated to join Real at the end of the season when his contract with the Ligue 1 champions expired on June 30.

But he decided to agree to a brand-new, three-year deal with the Paris club. Speaking with Marca, Al-Khelaifi made the assertion.

I have a lot of respect for Real Madrid as a team; they’re a fantastic organisation. However, Kylian has never decided to extend his contract because of the money, and that’s the first thing.

Madrid made a better offer than we did. He is our player and had the choice of PSG or other clubs in England and Madrid.

We didn’t bring up money with him or his family until the very last minute. Above all, Kylian was passionate about the project, football, and exercise.

The project, football, and sport were Kylian’s primary interests.

He is French and from Paris; he wanted to remain here to serve his club, his nation, and both; the things that have been spoken about him are unfair. They prioritise winning and a sporting endeavour over money, wholly disregarding it.

“I’m not sure if Madrid said that recently or months ago. I am aware of Mbappe’s desire to remain from 18 months ago. It wasn’t true what I had heard when Madrid claimed he wanted to play for Madrid. While we are currently discussing Madrid’s most recent offer, they also made offers of 170 and 180 million [euros] throughout the summer. Thus, Madrid’s offer and his salary were already superior to ours, as they are right now.

“They told me I was insane, people I trusted, since he could leave for free, but I did it because I was convinced Kylian was going to stay because I know him and his family well, and I know what he wants,” the singer said of turning down 180 [million euros].

“Kylian is very serious, a professional, and he only cares about playing and winning. Although I can understand Madrid’s disappointment, it’s unfair to Mbappe to say that.

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