Over the weekend, ABC published a report that echoed many of the rumors we’ve already heard about Real Madrid’s pursuit of Kylian Mbappé.
Essentially, Real Madrid plans to sign Mbappé during the summer of 2021 when the Frenchman has one year left on his contract, which would force PSG to come to the negotiation table with more reasonable expectations than they do now.
In the piece, Delphine Vertheyden, who is a lawyer Mbappé hired to help plan his future, is quoted as saying signing a contract extension with PSG beyond 2022 would be like “being locked in a golden jail.” The article also revealed that the lawyer implored Mbappé’s father, Wilfried, to not sign an extension with PSG.
“Your son no longer thinks about money, he thinks about being number one in the world.”
If Mbappé signed an extension, it’s true that PSG would likely be unwilling to listen to any offers for the 21-year-old for the duration of the contract. It’s been reported now that PSG would rather let Mbappé’s current deal expire and let him leave on a free transfer than sell early.
However, Vertheyden has since denied she said anything about a “golden jail” when speaking with DailyMercato (via Tribal Football).
“I confirm that I did not say anything about this. These words are fabricated.”
The Spanish press is known to literally make things up when it comes to football transfers (especially when it involves PSG), so I’m willing to believe Vertheyden when she says the quote is fabricated.
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