Neymar and Mbappe talks 'on track'

26 February 2021 00:16:04 GMTPlus10

Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo insists contract talks with star forwards Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are moving in the right direction.

The French champions' two most influential assets - and the world’s two most expensive players - are both out of contract in June 2022.

Brazilian talisman Neymar arrived at the Parc des Princes from fellow European heavyweights Barcelona for a world record fee of £200m in 2017.

His younger teammate Mbappe joined in the same summer on a season-long loan from Monaco before the deal was made permanent for £165.7m.

The pair have helped PSG win the French Ligue 1 title in three consecutive years and they played a pivotal role in last season’s run to the Champions League final, where they were beaten 1-0 by Bayern Munich.

Neymar has racked up 83 goals in 94 starts for the Parisians, while 22-year-old Mbappe has netted 80 goals from just 97 club appearances.

There have been rumours that they could allow one or both forwards to leave this summer butLeonardo appears confident that contract terms will be agreed.

Discussing the Neymar situation, Leonardo told France Bleu Paris radio station: "It is on the right track.

"But at the end of the day, a contract is signed when it's signed, and that's not yet the case."

Mbappe has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, but the Brazilian added: "We've been talking for a long time. It's always (getting) clearer.

"I think that we are getting closer and closer to that moment each time."

Leonardo has also confirmed that PSG want to extend the deals of Angel Di Maria and Juan Bernat, whose contracts expire at the end of this season.

PSG, who beat Barcelona 4-1 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at the Nou Camp, are 11.00 to go one better than last year and be crowned kings of Europe.

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