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Leonardo accuses Real Madrid of lacking respect in Kylian Mbappe pursuit

Tom Gott
Leonardo is unhappy with the Mbappe saga
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Paris Saint-Germain director Leonardo has urged Real Madrid to give their pursuit of Kylian Mbappe a break, accusing the Spanish side of lacking respect.

After Mbappe went public with his wish to have left PSG for Real in the summer, Blancos president Florentino Perez recently revealed that he was expecting a conclusive end to the saga on January 1, 2022, when he plans to reignite his interest in Mbappe.

Those comments did not sit well with Leonardo, who urged Real to show some respect now that the transfer window has closed.

"This latest outing is just a continuation of the lack of respect shown towards PSG and towards Kylian," he told L'Equipe. "In the same week, we've had a Real Madrid player (Karim Benzema), then the Real Madrid coach (Carlo Ancelotti) and now the Real Madrid president talk about Kylian as if he is already one of them.

"Florentino Perez has already spoken about Kylian to Madrid supporters earlier in the week. It's a lack of respect that cannot be tolerated.

"This has been going on for two years. Just remember that the transfer window is over, that a season is underway. There are matches to be played and Real Madrid cannot continue to behave in this way. Make it stop!

"Kylian is a Paris Saint-Germain player and the club fully understand that this relationship will last."

Mbappe brought this all to the table by admitting that he asked to leave PSG for Real this summer and that he was disappointed with Leonardo's refusal to sanction a deal, despite the threat of the player leaving as a free agent next summer.

While Mbappe did not rule out the idea of signing an extension with PSG, he made it clear he had his heart set on a move to Real and Perez is keen to finally land the 22-year-old and bring an end to this transfer saga that has been going on for years.