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Florentino Perez clarifies comments on January move for Kylian Mbappe

Jude Summerfield
Mbappe wants to join Real Madrid
Mbappe wants to join Real Madrid / Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images

Florentino Perez has clarified comments he made on a radio station where he said he would have news on Real Madrid's pursuit of Kylian Mbappe in January.

France international Mbappe is pushing for a move to the Bernabeu and has shown no signs of signing a new deal with current side Paris Saint-Germain. He has recently spoken about his disappointment that a move to Real didn't materialise in the summer.

Mbappe's contract expires in 2022, and even with Mauricio Pochettino's side signing the likes of Lionel Messi, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Sergio Ramos among others during the summer, he still has his heart set on Madrid.

Real president Perez has now stoked the fires further, indicating his side will be back in for Mbappe in the near future.

"In January we will have news about Mbappe," Perez told El Debate. "We hope that on January 1 everything can be solved."

However, he soon explained his comments further, adding he did not mean to disrespect Ligue 1 giants PSG.

"My words were misinterpreted. What I said is that we have to wait until next year to hear from him, always with respect to PSG with whom we have good relations," Perez said.

Mbappe has admitted he asked to leave PSG in the summer, during which he also suffered Euro 2020 heartbreak with France, exiting the competition at the last 16 stage on penalties to Switzerland.

"I asked to leave, because from the moment I did not want to extend, I wanted the club to have a transfer fee to have a quality replacement," he said.

"It is a club which brought me a lot. I have always been happy the four years that I spent here, and I still am. I announced it early enough that the club can turn [things] around. I wanted everyone to go out to grow up, to go out hand in hand, to make a good deal, and I respected that.

"I said, if you don't don't want me to leave, I will stay."

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