Carlo Ancelotti reacts to Kylian Mbappe's exit decision

  • Mbappe will leave PSG when his contract expires this summer
  • Real Madrid remain overwhelming favourites to secure his signature
  • Ancelotti's press conference was dominated by questions on Mbappe
Mbappe will leave PSG this summer
Mbappe will leave PSG this summer / John Berry/GettyImages

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is keeping his cards close to his chest following the news of Kylian Mbappe's imminent exit from Paris Saint-Germain.

Mbappe has privately confirmed that he will leave PSG this summer once his contract expires - the news Madrid have been dying to hear ever since they tried to lure the Frenchman away back in 2022.

While he has not yet agreed terms with any club, Mbappe is widely expected to join Madrid this summer and it therefore came as no surprise to see Ancelotti's press conference on Saturday dominated by questions about the 25-year-old.

"I see and hear what has happened," Ancelotti said. "I understand that it is the topic of the day for you, but for us it is tomorrow's game. We'll have to do it right, that's what I think. And to finish the season well."

Ancelotti continued to brush off questions about Mbappe. First, when asked if the team had been discussing his potential arrival, the boss responded: "We have commented on the game, watching videos of Rayo. We are aware that it is a vital match for the season."

Kylian Mbappe
Madrid remain heavy favourites to sign Mbappe / Christian Liewig - Corbis/GettyImages

Then, when asked if he would like to sign Mbappe, Ancelotti continued: "I would like to finish this season well, win titles. That's what I would like and what we work for. There's a lot left for next time."

The final question on Mbappe saw Ancelotti asked whether he was concerned the speculation could impact the Madrid dressing room between now and the end of the season.

"Do you see me affected now? Concerned? No," he laughed. "Well, the next press conferences will be like this too."

Madrid's contract offer to Mbappe has been clear for weeks now. 90min understands the Spanish giants are looking to tie Mbappe down to terms similar to those offered when he last approached free agency in 2022 - an annual salary of €30m plus a signing bonus worth €130m.

Any negotiations with Madrid will also focus on Mbappe's determination to represent France at this summer's Olympic Games on home soil in Paris. Clubs do not have to release players for the competition, which will run throughout pre-season.