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Leonardo on Kylian Mbappé: “I am not going to pluck promises out of the air.”

Speaking to Le Parisien, PSG Sporting Director Leonardo discussed the future of star attacker Kylian Mbappé.

During the UNFP Trophies, Kylian Mbappé, in an impassioned speech, asked for more responsibility. Will he get it?

Kylian is special. He is 20 and has already installed himself as a world class player. To be Kylian Mbappé is a responsibility in of itself. Aside from that, the difficult, is what the world of football has become. But Kylian managers that. He had an incredible 2016/17 season with Monaco, then deal with a big transfer. The following season, he played in the World Cup and he won it.

Mbappé has been at the club for 2 years, he has another 3 years worth of contract. Is it a priority of yours to make him sign an extension?

It is not a question to know whether or not that is a priority. Mbappé is here, he is very important for the club, there is no debating that. At the start of pre-season, Monday, he arrived with a superb attitude, a smile. As ever. He is charismatic, people like him a lot. It is important to have a player like him in the squad, young, smiley.

Should he sign an extension?

That is not a question. I never make promises. For two reasons: the first is that I am not the person who does everything at this club; the second, I do not want to pluck promises out of thin air, without being certain I can keep to them. The only thing that interests me is stuff that is concrete, that is today.

Should PSG build their team around Kylian Mbappé?

He is a fantastic player. Yes, a fantastic player.

 

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