Arsene Wenger is anything but confident that Paris Saint-Germain will manage to convince Kylian Mbappe to stay at the Ligue 1 club.
Mbappe’s contract runs until June and PSG are in danger of losing their star on a free transfer, as he is already free to sign a pre-contract with another team.
Real Madrid have been linked with the player for several years and could finally sign the forward unless PSG can persuade him to stay. Yet, Wenger warned that this will be tough for the French club.
“Time is against PSG,” Wenger told Canal +.
“In my experience, when you try to renew a player then the longer it takes the more difficult it becomes.
“I’ve been waiting a year and a half for PSG to manage to renew Mbappe. He is the most indispensable player in PSG’s way of playing. But, there is little time left and today the footballer is free to sign wherever he wants.
“PSG were in a situation where they had a firm offer from Real Madrid. When you reject 180 million euros, even for PSG it still is a huge sum.
“So, when they refused this money, they either said to themselves ‘We need to have a great season, as we have [Lionel] Messi and we can’t afford to lose Mbappe’ or they thought ‘we will manage to convince him to stay’.”
The French striker participated in Sunday’s Ligue 1 duel between PSG and Stade Reims after overcoming some discomfort that had forced him to miss two training sessions prior the game.
PSG will face Real Madrid in the Champions League’s round of 16, with the first leg of the tie taking place round at the Parc des Princes on February 15 and the second leg scheduled for March 9 at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.