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PSG warn rival clubs: Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are not for sale

Brazilian superstar Neymar has been linked with Real Madrid

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has warned interested clubs that star strikers Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are not for sale.

Brazilian forward Neymar, who signed for PSG from Barcelona in a world-record transfer in 2017, has been recently linked with a return to Spain with Real Madrid but Al-Khelaifi has ruled out any move for the 27-year-old.

Speaking to Spanish newspaper Marca, Al-Khelaifi said: “Neither Real Madrid, nor any other club in the world, needs to call us about Neymar or any other player.

“Real Madrid know perfectly well that Neymar is not for sale and that the player won’t leave PSG this summer. We have a fantastic relationship with Neymar and his father and it is built to last a long time.” 

Mbappe a PSG legend

After scoring twice in PSG’s 3-0 win against Nimes at the weekend Neymar’s strike partner Mbappe has now reached 50 career goals in Ligue 1. His double has helped PSG extend their lead at the top of the French top flight to 17 points.

Mbappe, a Fifa World Cup winner with France last year, has now scored 27 goals in 31 games this season and despite only being 20 years old the former Monaco man is “already a PSG legend” says Al-Khelaifi. 

“What he has done at just 20 years of age, having won a World Cup and become one of the five best players in the world alongside Neymar, is exceptional,” the PSG chief added. “In Paris, everyone loves him, he is at home and he knows that he has everything he could want to make history at PSG.

“He has the ability to make the Parc des Princes dream and all of the young people who love sport. The relationship between PSG and Mbappe is long-term because there is a very strong mutual trust.”

Rivals should be worried

When asked about rival clubs’ interest in the talented duo Al-Khelaifi said it’s not PSG who should be worried by the speculation.

He said: “They [the rival clubs] should be the ones that are worried because the best players in the world of tomorrow live in Paris, a city they love, and they play for PSG, Europe’s most modern club, which fits their ambition and their image.”

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