Real Madrid denies it is trying to lure Mbappe away from PSG

Kylian Mbappe is seen during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Clermont Foot 63 at the Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris on June 3, 2023. (Raphael Lafargue/ABACAPRESS.COM)

MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid denied on Saturday it is negotiating to sign Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappé.

Madrid has long been keen on recruiting the 24-year-old Mbappé, who has turned down the Spanish club in the past. Even so, he has remained linked to the 14-time European champions by media reports.

Spanish media in recent months have speculated that Mbappé will join Madrid in the summer of 2024 after his current contract with PSG runs out.

But the Spanish club said in a statement: “Real Madrid wishes to express that these reports are completely false and that there have been no negotiations with a player who belongs to PSG.” 

Clubs are not allowed to talk to players of other clubs until they are in the final six months of their contracts.

This summer Mbappé said that he does not plan to trigger a one-year extension to his deal with PSG, igniting speculation that he was this time bound for Madrid. He has been at the French powerhouse since 2017 after signing from Monaco.

In 2021, PSG turned down a bid of $190 million from Madrid for the World Cup-winning forward, who went on to sign his current contract.

PSG still hopes to retain Mbappé.

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