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Leonardo wants to keep Mbappe at PSG

PSG sporting director Leonardo has promised every effort is being made to persuade Kylian Mbappe to sign a new contract.

Mbappe, whose 14 Ligue 1 goals this term make him the Parisians’ top scorer, has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid when his current deal ends in June.

Madrid has made no secret of their interest, with LaLiga president Javier Tebas recently stating his confidence that the French World Cup winner would move to Spain.

However, recent speculation has focused on whether Mbappe could yet be convinced to remain in the French capital.

Last month, he scored a superb solo goal against Madrid to put PSG ahead in the two-leg Champions League tie against his would-be suitors.

Speaking to L’Equipe, Leonardo said PSG would “try everything” to keep the 23-year-old.

He claimed that money was not the critical factor in negotiations.

“We have a possibility [to keep Mbappe],” former Brazil star Leonardo said.

“As long as there is no signature [with another club], we will try everything. We will do everything possible to retain him.

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Leonardo wants to keep Mbappe at PSG

“We did not send a specific offer. However, there is an essential element.

“The last thing we will put into this contract will be the amount of money. So it’s not about that.

“We want to put him in the best condition so that he becomes the best player possible.”

Mbappe netted twice in PSG’s 3-1 win over Saint-Etienne last time out to move level with Ibrahimovic’s tally.

Of 156 goals for the club, he placed him joint-second in the Parisian giants’ all-time goalscoring charts behind Edinson Cavani, who scored 200 times.

Mbappe is also the only French top-flight player to have hit double figures for both goals and assists this season.

Leonardo says that means he has joined team-mate Lionel Messi, among the world’s finest players.

“Kylian is the best player in the world today,” Leonardo said.

“Messi has always been at this level, and for me, he still is, but it’s expected that others arrive.

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Leonardo wants to keep Mbappe at PSG

“It’s not a case of judging which is best. One is 23 years old, and the other is 34.”

Mbappe’s tally of 10 league assists this campaign places him level with Messi as French football’s most creative force.

And the duo has helped the champions-elect on a run that has included just one loss in their last 17 Ligue 1 outings.

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