Mauricio Pochettino: PSG want Mbappe to stay for many years, but there are two parties involved

Mauricio Pochettino

Kylian Mbappe is now free to sign a pre-contract agreement with another club, but Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino has reiterated the club’s desire to keep French services.

The PSG striker’s contract will run until June 30, with Real Madrid leading the way as LaLiga club then tried to sign him last summer.

“Football contract decisions can only affect you if you are not mature enough,” Pochettino explained in a pre-match press conference on Sunday.

Mbappe [mature]. Let’s hope that this year Kylian will continue to do as well as he did and that the solution is good for everyone.”

PSG are expected to return to work on Monday as they take on Coupe de France and fourth-placed Vannes in the 32nd round.

The PSG players have returned from training this weekend but Pochettino will be without Lionel Messi, Juan Bernat, Sergio Rico, and Nathan Bitumazala, as all four have been tested for COVID-19.

“Until it is found that he does not have [Messi] in Argentina, he will not be able to go to France,” Pochettino said.

Neymar suffered an ankle injury in the match against Saint-Etienne and will continue to recover in Brazil until January 9, according to the club. The PSG striker is expected to return to training in about three weeks.

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