Kylian Mbappe was very close to joining Real Madrid before the coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc across the world, according to former Paris Saint-Germain star Jerome Rothen.
The PSG forward, 21, has been heavily linked with a big-money move to the Spanish giants for some time.
The coronavirus outbreak has suspended matches in France and Spain indefinitely, and appears to have affected Mbappe’s future.
But Rothen, who played for PSG between 2004 and 2010, believes the France international will leave Paris this summer.
“I know from sources that Mbappe almost signed for Real Madrid,” he told Radio Monte Carlo.
“With what is happening now, it is certain that Mbappe’s arrival at Real will be postponed.
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“In no case will there be an extension of Mbappe’s contract with PSG.
“They will have an agreement between them in place because PSG agreed to let him go this summer. In my opinion, it’s just a question of time.”
Mbappe has scored an impressive 64 goals in 76 Ligue 1 matches since joining the French champions in 2017.
He initially signed for the club on a season-long loan, before making his move permanent in a whopping £162million deal in 2018.
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Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is a big fan of Mbappe, who starred in France’s 2018 World Cup triumph.
Mbappe cast doubt over his long-term future at the Parc des Princes last year, saying: “I think I’m reaching the first or second turning point in my career.
”Maybe it’s time to have more responsibility, which could be at PSG with great pleasure or maybe somewhere else with a new project.”