April 15, 2024

The president of France Emmanuel Macron appeared to joke with Kylian Mbappe about his proposed move to Real Madrid after inviting the PSG superstar to a state dinner.

 

Mbappe met with France president Macron and the Emir of Qatari at Elysee Palace on Tuesday after being invited to a state dinner. Macron appeared to joke with Mbappe when he arrived, according to RMC Sport. “You’re going to create problems for us,” Macron is believed to have told Mbappe with a smile on his face in what is thought to be a reference to the forward’s expected summer transfer to Real Madrid from Qatari-owned Paris Saint-Germain.

 

Mbappe has been linked with a move to Madrid for a long time, with Macron having previously helped influence the France international’s future. The president has admitted he advised Mbappe to snub Los Blancos in 2021 and stay in the French capital. Macron also said last summer he would try to ensure Mbappe stayed at PSG but may now have to resign himself to defeat, with the 25-year-old seemingly destined for a summer switch to the Santiago Bernabeu.

 

Macron also spoke about the 2022 Qatar World Cup, which saw Mbappe and France beaten in the final by Argentina: The French president said: “There are also so many beautiful memories, in less serious but as vibrant moments as this 2022 World Cup. Kylian Mbappe’s extraordinary game, the memory of (Randal) Kolo Muani’s saved shot, which still remains bitter in French hearts.

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“But that’s the thing with the king of sports. They have had a fantastic tournament, with what I think was the most spectacular final in history. France was there with its fans, its security forces, its companies like RATP and its footballers.”

 

Madrid are yet to officially announce Mbappe’s signing but are expected to do so as soon as it is confirmed Los Blancos can no longer meet PSG in this season’s Champions League. Mbappe is expected to receive a world-record signing on fee when he moves to the Spanish giants on a five-year contract. Meanwhile, PSG will look for a replacement and have already been linked with a host of players, including Napoli’s Victor Osimhen and Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford

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