PSG rejected Real Madrid’s €160million (£137m) bid for Kylian Mbappe on Tuesday, with sporting director Leonardo adamant the Frenchman will not depart for anything less than £160million
Kylian Mbappe linked with Real Madrid move
Dimitar Berbatov harked back to his arrival at Manchester United as he advised Paris Saint-Germain phenomenon Kylian Mbappe over his next move.
PSG rejected Real Madrid’s €160million (£137m) bid for Mbappe on Tuesday, with sporting director Leonardo adamant the Frenchman will not depart for anything less than £160million.
Nonetheless, Mbappe is keen to join Los Blancos and will be able to do so on a free transfer next summer, when his contract at Le Parc des Princes expires.
Berbatov claims Real Madrid is the correct destination for the 22-year-old if he is to escape the star-studded PSG dressing room and win the Ballon d’Or in years to come.
Mbappe is no longer the big fish in the PSG dressing room, according to Berbatov ( Image:
AFP via Getty Images) “If Kylian Mbappe hasn’t signed a contract extension with PSG then he’s showing his desire to leave. Real Madrid will be a good fit for him,” the former Red Devils striker told Betfair .
“I was playing at Monaco when Mbappe was breaking through, and making his first steps in the game, so it’s great to see what he has gone on to achieve in Paris.
“But at some point soon he needs to leave PSG. He will want to challenge himself in a new league and it would be a logical step for him to move to Madrid.
“If they pay the right money then I think it will happen this summer.
“At PSG he is sharing a dressing room with (Lionel) Messi, Neymar, Sergio Ramos and other big players, so Mbappe has gone from being one of the main men at the club to one of many.
“Mbappe is at a stage in his career where he needs to be taking centre stage. When you are still a young player you want to challenge the world and show everyone how good you are.
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“Mbappe has the quality to do that and I am sure he will win the Ballon d’Or in the future. If he goes to Real Madrid then he will have an even better chance of doing that.”
Citing his experience upon arriving at Old Trafford, Berbatov added: “When I moved to United, I shared a dressing room with (Cristiano) Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.
“My first days were very intimidating because I was going into a dressing room full of champions and big personalities.
“I knew I had to be mentally strong and physically strong. I needed to fight to hold my own.”
While Berbatov insists Real Madrid would be a good fit for Mbappe, it is now up to Santiago Bernabeu chiefs to improve their offer or risk missing out on the World Cup winner until January at the earliest.