PSG hope Kylian Mbappe will sign a new contract after talks with his mother

Paris Saint-Germain are increasingly hoping to convince Kylian Mbappé to sign a new contract after talks with his mother in Doha last week.

Despite widespread belief that his current contract expires at the end of this season, Mbappe will sign for Real Madrid, but PSG are holding out hope to convince him to stay.

Key to the talks was Faiza Lamari, Mbappe’s mother, who also represents him in Qatar. She met PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi and the meeting is considered to have gone well.

PSG have never given up on their desire to convince Mbappé to stay and have been known to offer a two-year deal, possibly with a break clause at the end of next season, to keep the French team.

The key to PSG’s Qatari possession is that Mbappe will still be at the club when the Gulf state hosts the World Cup later this year.

It’s clear Real Madrid are poised to make Mbappe the highest paid player in their history, and PSG will obviously have to at least match that offer to keep him.

The 23-year-old has made no secret of his desire to play for Real Madrid one day, but PSG are encouraged by his recent public statements in which he said he has not yet decided on his future. Mbappe has spoken of “new elements” in his future and while this has been interpreted as another club now in the frame, this is not the case. Instead, it refers to his negotiations with PSG.

“If I had made a decision, I would have said so,” Mbappé said earlier this month. “I don’t have to report to anyone. If I had made a decision, I would have taken responsibility. By the way, I always took on good and bad things.

All parties dispute claims that he had already decided to join Real Madrid, whose offers of €160m and €180m were turned down by PSG last summer, even though Mbappe was in the last year of his contract, meaning they were taking risks. lose it for free.

PSG sealed their 10th French title – a record – over the weekend, but it’s not expected to be enough to save manager Mauricio Pochettino, who has been under pressure all season. Ideally, PSG would like to replace Pochettino, who has one year left on his contract and should receive compensation of up to €20m if sacked, with Zinedine Zidane. However, the former Real Madrid coach is also interested in taking over as France manager after the World Cup, when Didier Deschamps is due to retire. It remains to be seen if Zidane will be convinced.

PSG sources have flatly denied reports in France that the club are interested in hiring Tottenham Hotspur head coach Antonio Conte if, as expected, Pochettino leaves.

PSG are planning to rebuild their squad this summer, and sporting director Leonardo, who has been blamed for bad signings, is also likely to leave. They want to get rid of their underperforming players, although keeping Mbappe, who is also very popular with PSG fans, remains their biggest priority.

If Mbappe decides to stay, it would be a huge blow to Real Madrid and their president Florentino Pérez, especially if, as expected, Erling Haaland, their other main target, joins Manchester City.