It is increasingly tough to play down the hype surrounding Kylian Mbappe. On Sunday, the striker capped an outstanding World Cup by becoming the youngest World Cup final goal scorer since Pele and helping bring the coveted trophy home.
The 19-year-old scooped up the tournament’s Best Young Player award and the World Cup itself is added to his increasingly impressive list of achievements. He has already won the Ligue 1 title with two different clubs and helped Paris Saint-Germain to a domestic treble this season, a year after starring in Monaco’s run to the Champions League semi-finals.
His four-minute brace against Argentina in the last 16 crowned a performance which highlighted his outstanding natural talent. Blistering pace combined with lethal finishing and most underrated of all, a real understanding of the game, where to move and showing continual intelligence of escaping his marker.
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This summer round rumours have been rejuvenated, fuelled by Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit to Juventus and a potential departure for Gareth Bale. Madrid need to reinvent their attack and the teenager is a prime candidate and is perhaps even more attainable than his PSG teammate Neymar, to whom they have been linked.Last summer saw Mbappe join PSG from Monaco on an initial loan deal but with a permanent agreement in the region of €170m – the second most expensive transfer of all time. The move represented a blow to Real Madrid, who were strongly linked with a move for the Parisian.
However, Mbappe told reporters in the aftermath of Sunday’s final: “I’m happy in Paris and I have several years left on my contract. This is the happiest day of my life. I’m staying at PSG 100 percent.
“I’m very happy. The road was long, but it was worth it. We’re proud to make the French people happy. We had this duty and they forgot all their problems.
“We play for that kind of thing. I want to do even better but being a world champion is a good thing!
“We’ve been working all season and now’s the time for us to celebrate.”
Such comments have been reflected in the market, with the Frenchman remaining at PSG by the end of the window now priced at 1/4, with a move to the Bernabeu now drifting to 3/1.
Former Madrid player and manager Jorge Valdano said last month: “I would prefer if they go for Mbappe as he would be a long-term investment because he is six years younger and is already at the top level.”
Aged just 19, there is plenty of time for Mbappe to make a move to the current European champions later in his career. But for now, the smart money seems to be on him remaining in the French capital.