Real Madrid won’t be signing Kylian Mbappe in January and will wait until he’s out of contract in the summer, club president Florentino Perez has effectively confirmed.
The LaLiga giants tried to bring the French forward in last summer, however, Paris Saint-Germain rejected their mega money offers – which Perez has described as ‘madness’.
Mbappe is yet to agree a new deal with the Ligue 1 side, meaning he can begin pre-contract negotiations with clubs outside of France when the transfer window opens again in January.
And Los Blancos president president Perez revealed his desire to sign the World Cup winner, but Mbappe won’t be a Real Madrid player until next summer.
When, in good news for Real Madrid, he’ll be a free agent.
“The state-owned clubs don’t sell their players – it’s a madness,” Perez told Spanish journalist Ramon Alvarez.
“Now we offer €200m [around £168m] for a single player and they don’t sell him. When players finish their contract, it’s better.”
Perez added: “Since coming back to the club [in 2009], I am fighting. There are a lot of things that need to change, one way or another.”
Mbappe first joined PSG in 2017 after former club Monaco beat the Parisians to the Ligue 1 title.
He’s won ten trophies in his time in the French capital – although the Champions League still alludes him – and although Real Madrid are heavy favourites to sign him, the latest development gives other clubs linked to him, including Liverpool, a chance to sign him up on a free.
Recently quizzed on his PSG future, Mbappe told reporters: “I have spent five extraordinary years here [at PSG], I have taken advantage of every moment and I continue to do so. I am happy both on the pitch and in my personal life.
“Now there are many things, great challenges and I have already spoken about that.
“I’m here, I’m still here, I’m here this season.”