With reports suggesting that Kylian Mbappe could be staying at Paris Saint-Germain beyond this season, sources from Spain think otherwise.
Les Parisiens and Real Madrid are embroiled in a battle to see who can secure 23-year-old's services for the foreseeable future, each side self-assured that they have the necessary facilities to accommodate the forward.
Reports this week suggested that the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner would be open to staying at the Parc des Princes beyond June, when his current deal is set to expire, given his newfound prominence in the club's star-studded squad.
Florentino Perez remains unfazed by the rumours, though, with the Real president confident Mbappe will join Los Blancos at the end of the season on a free transfer, according to ESPN correspondent Gemma Soler.
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The French international has been Los Blancos' No. 1 transfer target since the beginning of the season. However, considering PSG snubbed their reported €200 million (R3.4 billion) offer for him in the previous window and Mbappe's known desire to don the famous white jersey, Real seemingly feel it would be best to wait until he is a free agent to snap him up.
Mbappe's alleged change of heart could prove detrimental to Perez's plans, however, with the club chief said to be looking to usher in a new "Galacticos era" at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The France forward has scored 19 goals and assisted a further 15 strikes in 27 games across all competitions for PSG so far this season.