In an interview with The New York Times, Kylian Mbappé talks about his contract renewal, his conversation with Macron and a possible future at Real Madrid.
Emmanuel Macron, the President of the Republic of France, called the forward to tell him to stay in Ligue 1 and not accept the offer from Real Madrid.
Mbappé speaks about how the conversation with the president went and how it influenced his decision. “I never imagined that I was going to talk to the president about my future, about the future of my career, so it’s something crazy, really something crazy,” he said in quotes picked up by AS.
“He told me, ‘I want you to stay. I don’t want you to leave now. You’re very important to the country. When the president tells you that, that counts,” Mbappé said.
The US daily claims that Macron took Mbappé’s departure to Real Madrid for granted in the medium to long term and asked him to go later. “You have time, you can stay another little bit,” the newspaper claims.
Mbappé took the opportunity to disassociate himself from reports that Paris Saint-Germain would give him more power over decisions about the squad. “That’s not my job and I don’t want to do it because I’m not good at it. I’m good on the pitch and off the pitch, that’s not my role. There are a lot of people who are better than me,” he added.
On Real Madrid
The Frenchman was also asked about a possible future at Real Madrid. He didn’t want to get involved and didn’t want to close the door on a future in Real Madrid. “You never know what’s going to happen. I’ve never been there but it feels like it’s my home or something like that,” he said of the Spanish club.
On the Ballon d’Or
“I have no limits. So of course, as you say, it’s a new generation. And Ronaldo, Messi, they are going to stop. We have to find someone else, someone new,” he continued.