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PSG director offers update on Kylian Mbappe & Neymar contracts

Tom Gott
Apr 8, 2021, 11:45 AM GMT+1
PSG are working on new contracts for Kylian Mbappe & Neymar
PSG are working on new contracts for Kylian Mbappe & Neymar / FRANCK FIFE/Getty Images

Paris Saint-Germain director Leonardo has revealed that he is close to being 'happy' with negotiations over contract renewals for both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

The most expensive duo in world football are both set to enter the final 12 months of their respective contracts this summer, and PSG are well aware that they would have to sell them both if they decline to extend their deals.

Both have been tipped to pursue a return to Spain, with Neymar on Barcelona's radar and Mbappe right at the top of Real Madrid's wish list, but Leonardo told Sky Italia that he is happy with the way things are going and expects talks to be wrapped up soon.

“I think that when it comes to their contracts, we can be happy," Leonardo said. "We will soon get to a more concrete situation for Mbappe and Neymar's contracts."

Of the duo, it's thought that PSG have fewer worries about Neymar. Numerous sources have suggested that the Brazilian already has a verbal agreement over a new deal, although a recent report claimed Neymar has paused talks while he waits to see whether PSG will be able to fulfil his demand of signing Lionel Messi on a free transfer this summer.

Leonardo is hopeful things will get done / Xavier Laine/Getty Images

As the story goes, Neymar's biggest priority is to play alongside his former team-mate again, and PSG are keen to make that a reality if Messi chooses to walk away from Camp Nou when his contract expires. However, Neymar is no longer confident that the Argentine will do so and therefore does not want to limit himself.

As for Mbappe, things have always been a little more uncertain. Real have been waiting for the forward to hit the final year of his deal in the hope that PSG would have no choice but to accept their bid, and for a long time, it was thought that Mbappe wanted that too.

Recently, the idea of Mbappe renewing at the Parc des Princes has gained momentum, and Leonardo's latest comments seem to suggest that an agreement might not actually be far off.

Kylian Mbappé, Neymar
Neymar & Mbappe were in inspired form / Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Mbappe and Neymar combined to lead PSG to an enormous 3-2 victory over defending champions Bayern Munich on Wednesday, after which the Frenchman was keen to direct the focus away from his two-goal haul and onto the team's success as a whole.

"I have a lot of pressure on me but this is football," he explained. "You have to find pleasure when you are on the pitch and that's what I need. Thanks to my teammates I have scored two goals, and I want to continue like this, to work hard and to maintain a mentality of this type."

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