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Kylian Mbappe to stay at PSG: “I have no desire to leave”

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Kylian Mbappe has confirmed there are no plans for him to leave Paris Saint-Germain and teased rivals that he’s “not yet a finished product”.

Mbappe’s future has been a hot topic of debate in recent months following his transfer bombshell at the Ligue 1 end-of-season awards. He hinted, at the time, a PSG exit could be possible for a “new project” elsewhere.

This led to renewed speculation linking the 20-year-old with a big-money move to Real Madrid. The club’s Florentino Perez has even made it no secret that he wants to sign the talented youngster.

PSG sporting director Leonardo then fueled the rumours by refusing to promise that the club will get Mbappe to sign a new long-term contract.

But it turns Parisians supporters can relax as Mbappe has now cleared the air over his misinterpreted comments.

The modest forward even apologised to his team-mates and fans for the confusion his remarks back in May caused.

“I have no desire to leave. My words were ambiguous, only the coach, the president and I knew what I was talking about,” said Mbappe, according to AS.

“I take this opportunity to apologise to the players. I spoiled the party a little. I stole the show negatively.

“Fans, too. I’m sorry. Let’s say I apologise but they did not understand the message. But it was in the interest of PSG. Today, everything is fine.

“I can play in a quality team with players who make me progress. Everything’s going well for me.”

PSG coach Thomas Tuchel has rotated Mbappe between a central role and out wide during pre-season, so far.

And the France international will likely have given the German some food for thought after scoring three goals in four games. He even hit a beauty against Sydney FC in the sweltering Suzhou on Tuesday.

But Mbappe, who spent most of last season down the wing, insists he views Edinson Cavani as the club’s main centre-forward.

“I often talk to the coach. We discuss the formation, what benefits the team,” said the World Cup winner.

“I am very surprised that some of you say that I want to play number nine. We have a number nine, Edinson. He scores, also assists sometimes.

“Edinson is a great player. I want to play with great players. I’m not here to play in their place. The titles matter to me, it is the titles that remain.

“I have to progress in everything. I still have to build myself as a player, I am not yet a finished product.”

Mbappe and PSG will be in action on Saturday for a Trophee des Champions clash with Rennes in Shenzhen, China. The match will begin at 13:30 (CET).

SHENZHEN, CHINA – AUGUST 02: Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint Germain attends Pre-match Press Conference ahead of the French Trophy of Champions football match between Rennes and Paris Saint-Germain at Shenzhen Universiadg Sports Center stadium on August 2, 2019 in Shenzhen, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)