Nasser Al-Khelaifi insists Kylian Mbappe never wanted Real Madrid move

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has revealed he had no problem rejecting Real Madrid’s €180m bid for Kylian Mbappe last summer because he always knew the forward wanted to stay in France.

Real pushed hard to sign Mbappe in 2021 and their decision to bid €180m for a player who had 12 months left on his contract raised a few eyebrows, but PSG surprised many when they turned that down in favour of battling to tie Mbappe down to a new contract.

It had appeared as though Al-Khelaifi’s efforts were going to be for nothing as Mbappe seemed close to joining Real earlier this year, but the 23-year-old made it all worth it when he put pen to paper on an enormous three-year contract to remain at Parc des Princes.

Speaking to Marca, Al-Khelaifi argued that he always felt confident that a positive resolution would be found.

“I have great respect for Real Madrid as a club, it’s a great club, but Kylian has never decided to renew for the money, that’s the first thing,” he said. “Madrid’s offer was better than ours.