Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has called on Real Madrid to be punished by football authorities for their attempts to sign star striker Kylian Mbappe
The Brazilian has claimed that the Spanish giants have “been working for two years” to sign his club’s star striker and believes the player has been “disrespected” by their actions.
Madrid lodged a world record bid – which Sky Sports reported to be in excess of €220million – which received no response from the Ligue 1 club in the closing hours of the summer transfer window.
Mbappe’s contract at Les Parisiens expires next summer and theoretically he can negotiate with other clubs to sign a pre-contract agreement from January 1.
Real Madrid’s interest in signing the striker has been well documented and PSG’s transfer architect has now called on authorities to punish them over their pursuit of Mbappe.
He said at the Festival dello Sport, an event organised by Italian media outlet Gazzetta dello Sport: “From Madrid they deny it, but I think they have been working for two years to sign him and they should be punished.”
Leonardo went on to say that Real Madrid’s approach was disrespectful to the striker.
He added: “They have disrespected Mbappe. He is not just another player, he is one of the best in the world. Everyone talks about Kylian and I think he is part of a plan.”
Mbappe has less than nine months remaining on his contract in the France capital but the club’s sporting director insists that the club remain confident he will renew his deal.
Leonardo said they believe his attacking partnership with Lionel Messi and Neymar is “perfect” and there is no contingency plan for a replacement.
“Our idea is to renew him, nothing has changed in our plans because he is perfect for PSG together with Messi and Neymar,” he continued.
“We have never planned the future of the club without him. “
Leonardo also addressed his club’s signing of Messi this summer and claimed that there was no approach made for the player prior to his confirmation that he was leaving Barcelona.
He claimed: “Messi was convinced to stay in Barcelona, but we started talking to him after the surprise of the news that he would be leaving the club.”
The Brazilian also tackled claims from La Liga president Javier Tebas that the French club were not being financially responsible.
He added: “Many talk about the money spent by PSG, but we do not invest more money than other clubs that have more debt.
“We have to give no explanation to him (Tebas), but to UEFA and Ligue 1.”