Kylian Mbappe has refused to rule out a move to Real Madrid later in his career after snubbing the Spanish giants in favour of signing a new £650,000-a-week deal at Paris Saint-Germain.
Mbappe has long been linked with a transfer to Real and his decision to renew his contract at PSG sparked fury in Spain.
The French star’s future had been unclear throughout the campaign with his initial contract at the Ligue 1 champions being set to expire at the end of the season.
Real had multiple bids for the forward turned down last summer, including one for £154 million.
But speaking to BBC Sport, Mbappe left the door open to a possible move to Real once his contract in France expires in 2025.
‘You never know what can happen in the future,’ the 23-year-old said. ‘I give up to think about the future, I only think about the present and the present is I signed a new contract for three years more at Paris Saint-Germain.’
Pressed on whether his dream of featuring for Real was over, Mbappe added: ‘Never over.’
Mbappe revealed at a press conference Monday that he had spoken to Real to inform them that he was turning down the chance to join them this summer before publicly confirming his new PSG deal.
He told reporters that he made up his mind as late as last week but insists he was honest to all parties throughout the talks over his future, and that he personally contacted Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to show his respect to their interest by informing him them of his decision privately.
‘It was last week,’ Mbappe said. ‘I didn’t announce it to my team-mates because the club didn’t want me to. They wanted that to remain a secret and a surprise for everybody, even though it was hard to keep surprises.
‘I have a lot of respect for him and their club they have done a lot to make me as happy as possible. As a respectful person I owed to it to them to speak to them personally I thought that was the best thing to do.
‘We managed to finalise the contract and announce the news at the Parc des Princes.’
Mbappe has enjoyed an excellent season at PSG helping the club win back the Ligue 1 title having scored the most goals and provided the most assists in France during the campaign.
Mbappe was sat beside PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi who hit back at LaLiga chief Javier Tebas following the Spanish top flight’s recent claims that they would report the Frenchman’s failed Madrid switch to UEFA as being against the economic interest of the game.
The star forward also said he had held talks with Liverpool on two separate occasions during his career. – Mail