Kylian Mbappe has denied he has already decided to join Real Madrid at the end of the season.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker spoke about what the future might hold after his fine strike put the seal on a 5-1 win over Lille in Ligue 1 on Sunday.
German newspaper Bild recently reported Mbappe and Madrid had reached an agreement that would see the France international move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Mbappe’s contract at PSG is due to expire at the end of the season, and although the French club are keen for him to sign an extension, it is unclear whether that is under consideration. Madrid’s interest is no secret, after they tried to sign Mbappe in August.
The 23-year-old Mbappe would be able to leave on a free transfer, but the fact PSG have drawn Madrid in the Champions League last-16 stage appears to have held up any direct talks.
The European giants will go head to head in Paris on February 15 and in Madrid on March 9, with Mbappe steadfast that he wants to help PSG win that tie.
Asked whether he has already decided his next step, or whether the Madrid game could influence his choice of club, Mbappe told Amazon Prime Sport Video: “No, my decision hasn’t been taken.
“The fact we play against Real Madrid, that changes a lot of things. Even if I’m free to do what I want at the moment, I’m not going to go and talk with the opposition or do this sort of thing.
“I’m concentrated on winning against Real Madrid, to try to make the difference. And after that, we’ll see Mbappe and Lionel Messi are striking up a strong on-pitch relationship, with Messi looking to find Mbappe 12 times during the win at Lille and Mbappe playing eight passes to the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, only seeking out Marco Verratti more often (10 passes).
Messi scored his second Ligue 1 goal and his first since November, ending a six-game drought in the competition, delivering a performance that might cause concern in Madrid.
He also played a more central role than has often been the case, and Mbappe, who took his league haul to a team-high 11 goals for the campaign, liked what he saw from the former Barcelona star.
“I’m not a coach. But Leo, he’s a player who needs to touch the ball, to feel the game and the match, to be involved too,” Mbappe said.
“So I think it’s a good position for him. He’s free, he can move, pick up the ball, he is close to the goal. I think that for him, it’s a good position.”
Mbappe is starting on the left of a front three, with the only worry from Sunday’s match being that Angel Di Maria, who began on the right, was substituted shortly before half-time, having seemed uncomfortable.
Neymar will soon be back from injury, and Mbappe said: “We will also have to configure with Ney, because he is also an important player. He changes our team, so we’ll see when he comes back. We hope he comes back as soon as possible.”