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PSG Say Kylian Mbappe Will Not Be Sold This Summer Amid Transfer Rumours

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistMay 20, 2019

Paris Saint-Germain's French forward Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring a goal a goal during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Dijon at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on May 18, 2019. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)        (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Paris Saint-Germain released a statement on Monday saying the club will not sell Kylian Mbappe this summer.

Mbappe made some interesting comments about his future on Sunday, saying he would like "greater responsibility" with PSG or "a new project," per Jonathan Johnson of ESPN FC.

On Monday, PSG posted a bulletin on their Twitter account, saying Mbappe would not be going anywhere:

Jonathan Johnson @Jon_LeGossip

OFFICIAL: PSG state that they & Kylian Mbappe will be moving forward together next season. https://t.co/WfiUeM2NXs

In the statement, it's said the player and club's "shared history will continue next season," per BBC Sport.

Here is more of what Mbappe had to say about a possible transfer after he was named the National Union of Professional Footballers' Ligue 1 Player and Young Player of the Year:

Football Daily @footballdaily

Kylian Mbappe hints at a move away from PSG... 👀 https://t.co/VUab7YAeoh

Paris Saint-Germain are clearly keen to calm any speculation regarding their star forward, as there has been talk in recent weeks about possible interest from Real Madrid.

It was reported by France Football (h/t Sport) that Los Blancos manager Zinedine Zidane wants to sign the striker this summer in a potential €280 million (£246 million) deal. 

A deal that lucrative would represent a world-record fee, although the 20-year-old would arguably be worth the outlay. At the moment, Mbappe is among the best forwards in the world and has already accomplished a lot at a young age.

In terms of goalscoring in French football's top flight, he's reached heights that haven't been scaled for many years:

OptaJean @OptaJean

1966 - Kylian Mbappé 🇫🇷 is now the first French player to score at least 32 goals in a Ligue 1 season since Philippe Gondet with Nantes in 1965/66 (36). Update. @PSG_English https://t.co/1n97VJTsaJ

One of the highlights of his campaign was an exceptional hat-trick against former club Monaco: 

ESPN FC @ESPNFC

Kylian Mbappe’s hat trick against Monaco makes him the youngest player to score 30 goals in a single Ligue 1 campaign 🔥 Only Lionel Messi has more goals in Europe’s top five leagues this season. https://t.co/7PkSFOmX7u

PSG have a number of high-class attacking players, with Neymar arriving in the same summer as Mbappe for a world-record fee. However, you sense the young Frenchman would be last on their list of players to sell in the transfer market.

For the French champions, having the country's best talent in a generation on their books is key. Plus, Mbappe appears to be the man most likely to reach the levels that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have hit with incredible consistency for many years.

Mbappe spoke about who he thinks is the best player in the world at the moment after picking up his individual awards:

ESPN FC @ESPNFC

Kylian Mbappé backs Lionel Messi for the Ballon d’Or 👀 https://t.co/Ms383bP9lS

The other comments he made will be a concern to the PSG supporters, and they've clearly caught the attention of his club, as evidenced by the statement.

Still, the player said in a March interview with Telefoot (h/t Johnson) that he will "certainly" be at PSG next season, and he is tied down to a contract until 2023. With that in mind, it would be a shock if PSG were to accept any offer for the tyro.

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