Florentino Perez blames French president for Kylian Mbappe snubbing Real Madrid

The France international striker signed a three-year deal to extend his stay at Paris St Germain.

By Press Association Published: 16 June 2022 - 12.39pm

Real Madrid’s Florentino Perez claims French president Emmanuel Macron intervened to persuade Kylian Mbappe to sign a new contract with Paris St Germain.

The LaLiga champions had targeted the 23-year-old last summer but having failed with a £170million bid were confident they could lure him to the Bernabeu once his deal had expired.

However, the France international signed a new, highly-lucrative three-year contract.

Manchester City v Paris Saint Germain – UEFA Champions League – Group A – Etihad Stadium
Kylian Mbappe will be staying at PSG despite interest from Real Madrid (Martin Rickett/PA)

“His dream was to play at Real Madrid,” the Real president told Spanish television programme El Chiringuito.

“We wanted to do it last August and they didn’t let him leave, he kept saying he wanted to play at Madrid and 15 days before changed the situation.

“Macron called Mbappe, it makes no sense. PSG offered him to be the leader of the project, it changed everything.

“It was not easy for Mbappe to receive calls from the president of France…to tell you not to leave the club.

Liverpool v Real Madrid – UEFA Champions League – Final – Stade de France
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez (right) wanted Mbappe at the Bernabeu (Nick Potts/PA)

“Then (you) go to Qatar (PSG are bankrolled by Qatari Sports Investment, a subsidiary of the country’s sovereign wealth fund) and they offer things that drive you crazy, probably things out of proportion. This is why Kylian has changed.

“I didn’t see the same Kylian Mbappe that we wanted. He changes, he is offered other things, he is pressured and he is already another footballer.

“This is not the Mbappe I wanted to bring, he is another one, who must have changed his dream.

“Here, no one is bigger than Real Madrid. It won’t change.”

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