In a sensational twist of events, Kylian Mbappé has turned down the opportunity to join Real Madrid after signing a new three-year contract at Paris Saint-Germain following months of speculation over his future.
The France forward telephoned Florentino Pérez on Saturday to communicate his decision, having opted against a move to La Liga despite holding positive talks with the Spanish champions only last week.
The French giant made the announcement on its social media handle on Saturday.
“Paris Saint-Germain is delighted to announce that Kylian Mbappé has signed a three-year contract extension with the Club. The France international striker has put pen to paper on a new deal with the Parisians until 30 June 2025,” it wrote.
Mbappé is believed to have wanted to explain to the Real president why he had chosen to stay at his hometown club before it emerged in the media.
It is understood that the 23-year-old – whose contract at the Parc des Princes expires at the end of the season – has agreed a lucrative extension until 2025, with negotiations ongoing over whether that will contain an option for a one or two-year extension.
Mbappé’s mother, Fayza, had said on Friday that her son had received almost identical offers from the two clubs.