Liverpool could be set to miss out on the summer signing of Kylian Mbappe after the 22-year-old suggested that he sees his future with current club PSG. Mbappe has been linked with a move away from his native France for some time, with the Reds and Real Madrid having emerged as the standout contenders for his signature.
Speculation surrounding the forward’s potential availability has been fuelled in recent months by doubts over whether he will commit to signing a new deal with the Ligue 1 champions.
Mbappe remains under contract until 2022 but is said to have been in talks with PSG over an extension since the beginning of December.
An agreement is yet to be formally announced, but it appears as if the World Cup winner may have already made up his mind.
After scoring the first goal in his 150th appearance for PSG against Marseille on Sunday, Mbappe suggested that he could snub a move elsewhere in order to establish himself as a legend at Le Parc des Princes.
“I have already played 150 games with the PSG jersey, which is an honour for me and I hope that many more I will play here,” Mbappe told AS after the final whistle.
The striker also posted a photo on Instagram after the final whistle, showing himself seated on the Stade Velodrome pitch with the caption ‘Ici c’est Paris’, which translates to ‘This is Paris’, suggesting he is more than happy with his current employers.
When quizzed on his chances of signing a new deal last month, Mbappe insisted that he was enjoying life in the French capital.
“We are talking with the club,” he said. “I said that I am reflecting on it too, because I think it is a signature, that if I sign, I am investing myself for the long term into PSG.
“And I am very happy here. I have always been very happy here. The fans and the club have always helped me. And I will always be very thankful to the club.”
Liverpool are said to harbour a long-standing interest in Mbappe, with the Merseyside club reportedly having tried to pry him away from Monaco before PSG swooped in during the summer of 2017.
He has established himself as one of the game’s brightest talents and already boasts a glittering CV that most professionals can only dream of.
Mbappe has helped PSG to four Ligue 1 titles and two Coupe de France triumphs, as well as playing a huge role in France’s successful 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign.
He became the youngest player since Pele to score in the final of the competition with his second-half strike against Croatia at the tender age of just 19.
Any move from Liverpool or Real for the forward would surely need to be well into the nine-figure range to stand any chance of convincing PSG to sell their star man.
Although Mbappe appears keen to extend his stay at the club, there is a chance he could be sold in the summer if he decides not to commit to a new deal.
PSG posted financial losses in excess of £130million last season as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and could be forced to cash in to avoid losing him for nothing in 2022.