Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel has said he doesn’t believe star forward Kylian Mbappe will look to leave the club after the pair exchanged tense words during Saturday’s 5-0 win over Montpellier.
Mbappe, 21, was incensed after being withdrawn on the 68-minute mark at the Parc des Princes, having scored his 22nd goal in all competitions this season and with his team already five goals to the good.
Tuchel spoke at a press conference on Monday and was disappointed to see headlines focus on the fall-out with his forward, rejecting the notion it could push Mbappe towards the PSG exit:
"I am sad because we are in a great moment, we won 5-0 on Saturday and the press didn't speak about the game. I loved the game, the spectacle, but we don't talk about the game we played on Saturday. There is nothing personal between Mbappe and I. I know he doesn't want to be subbed off. It's normal but I also want to give minutes to those on the bench. I don't think what happened on Saturday will make Mbappe leave the club. He is our player and he has a contract."
It’s no secret Mbappe has been heavily linked with a future move to Real Madrid, whose manager, Zinedine Zidane, told reporters in November that he was “in love” with the player.
Paris native Mbappe has a contract at the Parc des Princes until June 2022. PSG signed the player from AS Monaco in 2017 (initially on loan) for a $210 million fee, and any team looking to sign the player this year would likely have to beat that figure to convince Les Parisiens of a sale.
Many will disagree with Mbappe’s antics after being substituted—particularly in the second half of a dominant win when he’s already scored—and Tuchel seems as certain of his fate as ever.