PSG Chief Leonardo Offers Update On Mbappe’s Chances

Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has provided a positive update over the contract renewal of Brazilian superstar Neymar, but was less clear-cut about the chances of Kylian Mbappe remaining at the club.

Both players’ contracts expire next summer, meaning a renewal or sale is required in the coming months to avoid losing the pair on free transfers in 2022 – and by the words of Leonardo, the Brazilian is a lot closer to extending his stay with the club.

“We talk. It is on track [with Neymar]. A contract is only decided when it is signed,” the sporting director said to France Bleu.

But with Mbappe, although discussions are ongoing, the club chief is aware that crunch time is approaching.  

“We arrive at the moment when we must take a position and make a decision.”

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Leonardo also confirmed that renewals for attacking midfielder Angel Di Maria and left-back Juan Bernat, both out of contract this summer, were among the “four priority issues” the Parisian side currently have – but Julian Draxler is not yet assured of a new deal, months before his current one expires.    

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