‘Mbappe is already forgotten’: Bullish Florentino Perez aims a dig at the PSG star after his club’s Champions League win following Frenchman’s decision to snub the Spaniards for £650,000-a-week
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says Kylian Mbappe is ‘already forgotten’ after his side beat Liverpool to clinch Champions League glory on Saturday.
Vinicius Jr scored the only goal of the game just before the hour mark to secure Real’s 14th European trophy.
The build up to the final was clouded by Mbappe’s decision to turn down Carlo Ancelotti‘s side in favour of a new £650,000-a-week deal with Paris Saint-Germain.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez (centre) says Kylian Mbappe is ‘already forgotten’
Mbappe turned down the Spanish giants in favour of a new £650,000-a-week deal with PSG
Perez said the Mbappe situation has been left behind and that Real will ‘continue to work on having the best players’.
He told Movistar+: ‘I’m calm and happy, we’ve all worked hard all season to be able to reach a situation like the one we’re in.
‘Real Madrid will always continue to work on having the best players, but today Mbappe is already forgotten.
‘Nothing has happened, Real Madrid have had a perfect season and that is a forgotten issue, there is only a Real Madrid party.’
Perez was in a bullish mood after Real Madrid beat Liverpool to win the Champions League
Perez then told Sky Sports: ‘Mbappe to Real Madrid was a possibility but then he made his choice, it’s his own decision.
‘Real Madrid will be Real Madrid, Mbappe will be Mbappe and PSG will be PSG – nothing will change because of that deal’.
Last year Real had several bids rejected for Mbappe, including one for £154million.
His new deal at PSG runs until 2025 and he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of joining Real thereafter.
As reported by BBC Sport, Mbappe said: ‘You never know what can happen in the future. I give up to think about the future, I only think about the present and the present is I signed a new contract for three years more at Paris Saint-Germain.’
But the striker has suggested that it is still possible that he could sign for Real in the future
Pressed on whether his dream of featuring for Real was over, Mbappe added: ‘Never over.’
The striker revealed that he informed Real president Perez personally of his desire to remain at PSG.
He said: ‘It was last week. I didn’t announce it to my team-mates because the club didn’t want me to. They wanted that to remain a secret and a surprise for everybody, even though it was hard to keep surprises.
‘I have a lot of respect for him and their club they have done a lot to make me as happy as possible. As a respectful person I owed to it to them to speak to them personally I though that was the best thing to do.
‘We managed to finalise the contract and announce the news at the Parc des Princes.’
Since joining PSG, initially on loan, in 2017, Mbappe has scored 171 goals in 217 appearances.
Mbappe has won the Ligue 1 title four times and the Coupe de France on three occasions.