Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has ruled out his side’s chances of signing Paris Saint-Germain star forward Kylian Mbappe, telling reporters ‘you know where he wants to go.’
The French captain has put top European clubs on red alert after informing PSG that he will not extend his deal at Parc des Princes when it expires next summer. With just one year left on his contract, Mbappe will become a free agent next year and can speak with clubs outside of France from January.
As expected, several clubs are monitoring the situation and preparing a bid to sign one of the best players in the world. However, Manchester City and Guardiola are not interested in the contest for Mbappe, with the Spanish coach of the opinion that the race to sign the Frenchman has already been won.
“We will not sign Kylian Mbappe,” the Man City boss told reporters at a recent Puma Legends Trophy event.
“He’s not joining Man City — all of you know where he wants to go,”
Guardiola is referring to Real Madrid as the destination he wants to go to, with Mbappe’s association with the Spanish club well documented.
Los Blancos were keen on signing him last summer and could have snapped him up for free. But the 24-year-old made a controversial U-turn and chose to remain at PSG.
Los Blancos are still keen on him. But having already shelled out £113m to bring Jude Bellingham to the club, Carlo Ancelotti’s side cannot make further signings this summer. They will look set to snap up Mbappe on a free transfer next season, with the player also willing to wait another season.