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Pochettino vows to fight off Madrid's interest in Mbappé

Mauricio Pochettino was asked about Kylian Mbappe's future as well as potential moves for Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos.

Pochettino vows to fight off Madrid's interest in Mbappe as PSG boss addresses Messi and Ramos speculation

Paris Saint-Germain head coach Mauricio Pochettino said he will "fight with all my energies" to keep Real Madrid target Kylian Mbappé in the French capital.

Mbappé has long been tipped to join LaLiga champions Madrid, though PSG remain in contract negotiations with the star forward.

Confident of Mbappé staying

The World Cup-winning France international is contracted to PSG until 2022 and Pochettino is confident Mbappé will remain in Paris, where team-mate Neymar has been linked with a return to Barcelona.

"Mbappé to Real Madrid? I'll fight with all my energies to keep Kylian here at PSG," Pochettino told El Larguero.

"PSG are doing everything possible to keep Neymar and Mbappé.

"I am equally optimistic that Mbappé will stay. They both have a huge commitment."

While there are long-term doubts over Mbappé and Neymar, PSG have been linked with blockbuster moves for superstar Barcelona captain Lionel Messi and Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos.

Messi and Ramos are both out of contract at the end of the season and their futures remain uncertain.

PSG – through to the Champions League semi-finals against Manchester City after eliminating holders Bayern Munich – have reportedly emerged as strong suitors for six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi and Spain centre-back Ramos.

Pochettino: We're working to improve PSG

"Surely soon it will be known what happens with Leo Messi future and contract," Pochettino said.

Pochettino added: "Sergio Ramos? I don't like to talk about players who are not in my team.

"There are a lot of rumours... here at PSG we're working to improve the team."