Real Madrid tried hard to sign Kylian Mbappe in the transfer window that has just ended. However, the club offered too little money.
Paris sports director Leonardo had already shown himself particularly critical of Real in recent weeks, and now the Brazilian has stepped up again on “Canal +”. “We weren't happy with Real's behavior. If you start negotiations on one of the best players in the world in the last week of the transfer window, it creates a situation that we didn't like,” said the 52-year-old.
Leonardo primarily addressed the behavior of the Spaniards, who had quickly come to an agreement with Mbappe, the Frenchman had turned down several offers to extend his contract, which was due to expire next summer.
According to media reports, the club of ÖFB legionnaire David Alaba had once again improved its offer in the last few days of the transfer window. There was talk of 170 million euros plus bonus payments. The Paris sports director denied that, however, violently.
“We were clear about the offer. It wasn't enough, it was less than what we had paid for,” said the 52-year-old. In 2018, the French Sheikh Club brought the striker from AS Monaco for 145 million euros. Another 35 million euros will be due if Mbappe is sold. Apparently the real offer was well below this amount.
An improved offer, which was always reported, never existed. “What they were talking about never got through to us. You can't plan a transfer phase for two, three or four months and then suddenly change your plans like that,” the Brazilian shook his head.
After the Real attacks were fended off for the time being, Leonardo is now convinced that the 2018 world champion will stay in Paris. “I don't think he'll leave at the end of the season. Nobody thinks about a Paris future without Mbappe.”