Arsene Wenger is unsure if Paris Saint-Germain will be able to convince Kylian Mbappe to stay at the Ligue 1 club. Mbappe’s contract will continue until June and PSG are in danger of losing their star player if they are offered a free transfer, as he is free to sign a previous contract with another club.
Real Madrid have been linked with the club for years and could end up signing the player unless PSG persuades him to stay. However, Wenger warned that this would be difficult for the French team.
“Time is up for PSG,” Wenger told Canal +. “In my opinion, if you try to rejuvenate a player it takes a long time and it becomes very difficult.
“I have been waiting for a year and a half for PSG to be able to renew Mbappe. He is a very important player in PSG’s style of play.
“PSG were in a situation where they had a strong request from Real Madrid. If you refuse 180 million euros, even PSG is still a big deal.
“So, when they rejected the money, they thought ‘We need to have a good season, as we have (Lionel) Messi and we can’t lose Mbappe’ or they think ‘we will be able to convince him to stay.”
The French striker took part in Sunday’s Ligue 1 match between PSG and Stade Reims after overcoming an inconvenience that forced him to miss two training sessions before the game.
PSG will face Real Madrid in the 16th round of the Champions League, with the first leg of the playoffs taking place at the Parc des Princes on February 15 and the second leg scheduled for March 9 at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.