Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino has insisted Kylian Mbappe won't be frozen out at the club due to his contract situation, stating he will treat the Frenchman 'like a player with five years remaining on his contract'.
Mbappe has entered the final year of his contract with PSG, and the Ligue One outfit risk losing him for free in 2022 if he does not agree to contract renewal and they do not sell him this summer.
He has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, who are long-time admirers of the former AS Monaco attacker, and Spanish giants could make a move for Mbappe this summer.
Pochettino is unsure of Mbappe's future, but explained he will not be left in the cold because of the contract situation. "The only thing that is clear is that he has one year left on his contract and we will treat him like a player with five years remaining on his contract," Pochettino said, as quoted by ESPN.
Asked whether he had been informed of Mbappe's decision, Pochettino refused to reveal the details of 'private conversations', but insisted the 22-year-old has not told him he had no desire to extend his PSG contract.
Pochettino said: "If Mbappe told me that he will not renew? Those are private conversations. But in no case did he tell me that. Will he be free next season? I cannot live from my imagination. I don't think about what may or may not happen."