Pochettino opens up on “private conversations” with Mbappe amid exit rumours

The French forward’s future at Parc des Princes is far from certain with his contract set to expire at the end of next season

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Mauricio Pochettino has spoken about his “private conversations” with Kylian Mbappe – and refused to rule out the prospect of the star leaving Paris Saint-Germain on a free next summer.

Mbappe’s future has been the source of constant speculation over the last few months, with the French World Cup winner’s contract set to expire in June – meaning there is the possibility of him leaving on a free transfer.

Real Madrid are believed to be the front-runners for his signature, but PSG remain hopeful that they can convince the 22-year-old forward to sign a new contract.

Pochettino was asked in an interview with Le Parisien whether the rumours are true that Mbappe has told him that he will not pen an extension to his current deal.

Mauricio Pochettino and Kylian Mbappe seem to have a good relationship



And the Argentinean manager replied: “Did Mbappé tell me he won’t extend? These are private conversations. But in no case did Kylian talk to me about that. Can we imagine him leaving for free? I don’t use imagination.”

Pochettino was also asked about the possibility of PSG signing Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba before the start of the new season – another player who is entering the final year of his contract.

“I don’t give names… The club is working quietly, doing good things,” Pochettino said. “At the end of the transfer window, we will see who the new players will be, if any, and we will see which players will leave the team.”

There were reports a few months ago that Pochettino’s former club Tottenham along with Madrid attempted to prise him away from PSG, with the 49-year-old said to have been struggling to settle in the French capital.

But he brushed off the talk, adding: “Tottenham and Real Madrid tried to sign me? There have been a lot of rumours, we all know that’s the reality of football, there are moves in the clubs so the rumours will always be there.

“I have a smooth relationship with the president and Leonardo, things were clear and there was no need to say much.”

PSG have already had a busy summer, signing defensive midfielder Danilo Pereira from Porto, midfielder Gini Wijnaldum from Liverpool, veteran centre-back Sergio Ramos from Real Madrid, right-back Achraf Hakimi from Inter Milan and goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma from AC Milan.

And they will be among the favourites to win the Champions League next season, with the pressure very much on Pochettino’s shoulders after he failed to deliver Europe’s elite prize or Ligue 1 in the last campaign.

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