The Paris Saint-Germain superstar has been urged to remain in the French capital by fellow countryman and former Chelsea star Frank Leboeuf, who thinks the Parisians are more likely to win European club football’s most coveted honour in the near future.
Mbappe made little secret of his desire to leave PSG last summer but a deal failed to materialise, despite at least one concrete bid from the La Liga giants.
The long-running transfer saga has led to a breakdown in relations between the two sides, sparking a bitter public war of words between top-ranking members of each respective club’s hierarchy.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez told Spanish outlet El Debate: “In January we will have news from Mbappe. We hope that on January 1 everything can be solved.”
PSG sporting director Leonardo hit back, telling L’Equipe: “Florentino had already spoken to his Mbappe fans this week. I repeat: it is a lack of respect that we cannot tolerate.”
Amid all this transfer drama, Leboeuf gave his views while shedding light on a recent encounter he had with the 22-year-old forward.
Speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes for its 5-A-Side bet on Brentford vs Chelsea, Leboeuf said: “For me personally and for France I would like to see Mbappe stay at PSG, but also for him.
“I met him about two months ago for the introduction of Messi and I told him ‘Kylian, just do what you feel and have no regrets, but what do you want to reach? Think now, who are the biggest clubs in the world that can win the Champions League? Man City, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Paris St. Germain’.
“I’m sorry, with all due respect to that fantastic club, I do not see Real Madrid winning the Champions League this season or next season.”
Lebeouf went on to discuss the issues that currently plague the Spanish outfit and the reasons why they won’t lift their 14th Champions League for a while.
“They are at the end of a cycle and they will have to rebuild so many things, they are absolutely horrendous at the back.
“They lost [Sergio] Ramos and [Raphael] Varane, Casemiro is not the same Casemiro anymore, [Luka] Modric and [Toni] Kroos aren’t the same either.
“Fortunately they have [Karim] Benzema up front who is still fantastic but they are not the Real Madrid that we knew, you cannot count on the history of the club to win the Champions League.”
The ex-Chelsea stalwart also cited the signing of six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi as another factor that should entice Mbappe to stay in Paris.
“Nobody thought two years ago that Messi was going to leave Barcelona so you have a chance to create some fantastic history at PSG,” he added.
“Mbappe is from the area, so stay there, you’re going to earn lots of crazy money, and you’re going to get some trophies so why would he want to leave?”