Legendary French manager Arsene Wenger isn't confident of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) succeeding in renewing Kylian Mbappe's contract, thus risking losing him for free.
Real Madrid has been heavily linked with the player for multiple years and will finally be able to sign the World Cup winner unless there is a major turn of events leading to PSG convincing him to stay on.
As reported by Marca, while speaking Canal+, Wenger said, "Time is against PSG.
"In my experience, when you try to renew a player then the longer it takes the more difficult it becomes.
"I've been waiting a year and a half for PSG to manage to renew Mbappe. He is the most indispensable player in PSG's way of playing. But, there is little time left and today the footballer is free to sign wherever he wants.
"PSG were in a situation where they had a firm offer from Real Madrid. When you reject 180 million euros, even for PSG it still is a huge sum.
"So, when they refused this money, they either said to themselves 'We need to have a great season, as we have [Lionel] Messi and we can't afford to lose Mbappe' or they thought 'we will manage to convince him to stay'."
Mbappe was part of PSG's squad against Stade Reims and will be featuring when the Ligue 1 champions face off against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg at the Parc des Princes on February 15.