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Mbappé: Bayern clear Real Madrid pathway as chief rules out move

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says the club have no plans to try to sign Paris Saint-Germain's Real Madrid target Kylian Mbappé.

Mbappé: Bayern clear Real Madrid pathway as chief rules out move
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Real Madrid can cross one club off their list of potential competitors for Kylian Mbappé’s signature after Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the CEO of German and European champions Bayern Munich, ruled out a move for the Paris Saint-Germain striker.

I'm not going to bother PSG about Mbappé, says Bayern chief

"I love Mbappé and the way he plays, but we’ll never get him to come to Bayern," Rummenigge told an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro this week.

"In any case, he’s fine where he is. [PSG president] Nasser Al Khelaifi is a good friend of mine. I’m not going to bother him with this issue."

Mbappé stalling on PSG deal as Real Madrid eye striker

Mbappé, who is a priority transfer target for Madrid, is yet to make a decision on his future as he stalls on signing a new deal at Ligue 1 title holders PSG, where he is under contract until June 2022.

After the star's aims of claiming a first Champions League winners’ medal were scuppered by defeat to Bayern in last season’s final in Lisbon, it is thought that elimination to Barcelona in this term’s last 16 would deliver a fatal blow to PSG’s hopes of tying him down to an extension.

Real Madrid preparing ground for Mbappé move

Madrid have been laying the groundwork for a swoop for the 21-year-old, looking to boost their war chest ahead of a mooted 2021 deal by spending nothing on signings in the summer and, at the same time, banking over 100 million euros from outgoing transfers.

Los Blancos, who see the purchase of Mbappé as a key element of their plans for the future, are also expected to seek further sales to help them afford a club-record move for the France international, in the face of the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their finances.

Madrid's current most expensive signing is Eden Hazard, who moved to the Bernabéu from Chelsea in summer 2019 for a fee of around 115 million euros.