UEFA Champions League: Mbappe says happy at PSG, but undecided on future
The 23-year-old’s contract with PSG is due to expire at the end of this season.
“I have not decided my future. I play for Paris Saint Germain, one of the best clubs in the world,” Mbappe told broadcaster Movistar after Tuesday’s game.
His goal sparked wild celebrations from PSG fans, and Mbappe was asked if Tuesday’s praise could play a part in shaping his decision. “No, I haven’t decided,” he replied. “I’m doing my best and then we’ll see what happens next season.”
PSG turned down an offer of around 160 million euros ($182 million) from Real for Mbappe last August, even though the player had less than a year left on his contract.
Now Mbappe, who has 22 goals and 16 assists in all competitions for PSG this season, is set to move to Real on a free transfer at the end of this campaign, having so far resisted offers to sign. a new contract with the Parisian. club.
“How to ignore the (transfer) context? It’s easy, you have to play football,” Mbappe told Canal Plus.
“We ask too many questions, we say too many things. We are talking about PSG and Real, two big clubs. I am a PSG player, I am always very happy.
PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino said he was delighted with his team’s performance but praised Kylian Mbappe’s sublime late strike.
“It may be a narrow victory, but it gives us hope for the game in Madrid,” Pochettino told reporters.
“I’m happy with the performance and I hope we can continue to give this kind of performance in the future.” Despite his disappointment with a missed penalty from fellow Argentine Lionel Messi, the coach said he was pleased with the way PSG dominated possession and stifled Real.
Calling Mbappe ‘one of the best players in the world’, he joked that his joy at the late goal turned to pain as the French striker inadvertently hit his coach’s nose during a celebration from the sideline.
His Real counterpart Carlo Ancelotti was also upbeat for the second leg but was left behind by his side’s struggles in possession, as he was unhappy with yellow cards which will deprive him of Casemiro and Ferland Mendy in the return match in Madrid.