When his contract at Parc des Princes expires in June, the Frenchman is expected to join Santiago Bernabeu on a free transfer. Mauricio Pochettino has stated that he and Kylian Mbappe have a “100%” probability of remaining at Paris Saint-Germain next season.
PSG’s current contract with Mbappe is set to expire on June 30th, and the club has yet to reach an agreement with the striker on a new deal. Real Madrid is apparently interested in signing Mbappe on a free transfer, but Pochettino has stated that he will stay at Parc des Princes beyond the summer.
The Argentine manager has also rubbished speculation over his own future amid reports PSG are set to sack him after a disappointing 2021-22 campaign that saw a Ligue 1 title triumph do little to detract from an early Champions League exit. Asked how likely it is that PSG will keep him on as head coach and manage to tie Mbappe down to a fresh contract, Pochettino told a press conference on Thursday:
“100 per cent in both cases.” The 50-year-old added on why he is so confident that Mbappe will decide to stay put: “It’s my feeling today, what I perceive today. That’s what I can say now.
“Of course, it’s football and you never know what can happen. But when asked on what I think today, that’s my answer.”
Mbappe pushed for a move to Madrid last year and it was reported that he had verbally agreed to join the Spanish giants upon the expiration of his contract after PSG rejected multiple bids. Reports has it that the World Cup winner remains Madrid’s number one transfer target, but PSG have stepped up talks to tie him down to fresh terms over the past week. Mbappe met with PSG officials in Qatar and his mother was also present for talks alongside club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi. The 23-year-old even publicly indicated he might be leaning towards signing a new contract after starring in a 5-1 win over Lorient at the start of April, as he told reporters: “Is staying at PSG is possible? Yes of course.”