Pochettino in the dark over Mbappe future22 May 2022
Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino insisted Friday he has no idea where Kylian Mbappe will play his club football next season as the striker's contract in the French capital comes to an end.
Mbappe is expected to reveal today whether he will join Real Madrid or accept a lucrative offer to stay at PSG.
"I don't know what his decision is. I think it's a personal matter for Kylian and for the club," Pochettino said at a press conference.
"There are lots of rumours going around but the player is the one who will have to talk about this.
"If I knew what his decision was I wouldn't be the one to talk about it."
Mbappe, who joined PSG from Monaco in 2017, last week won the Ligue 1 Player of the Year prize and comes into the final weekend of the season as the division's top scorer with 25 goals.
Rumours are swirling in France and in Spain about when he will confirm where his next contract will be.
"Mbappe, end of the suspense on Sunday," claimed the headline in French sports daily L'Equipe on Friday.
Mbappe's mother told Egyptian media that her son had offers from both clubs and was still weighing up which one to accept.
"All the negotiations are finished. We have an agreement with Madrid and Paris. Now it is up to Kylian to choose," Fayza Lamari told Kora Plus.
In Spain there is nevertheless still optimism that he will choose to continue his career with Real.
"I think he will be at Real Madrid, but just as one day is white and the next is black, things change," La Liga president Javier Tebas told sports daily Marca.
"But I think he will be."
Pochettino said he hoped the 23-year-old would remain at PSG even if uncertainty surrounds the coach's own future despite the Argentine and his staff having a year left on their own deals.
"I hope Kylian is still here for many years to come but I also can't lie. I don't know what is going to happen," he said.