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Nasri makes it clear to Mbappé: don’t go to Real Madrid

The former Arsenal player advised the French striker to remain in Paris and avoid a move to Real Madrid.

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Just a single day after Real Madrid released a statement denying the rumours that they were negotiating with PSG forward Kylian Mbappé, ex-footballer Samir Nasri has come out and said in an interview that the attacker should indeed remain where he is and not go to Spain in 2024.

Now a commentator for French TV channel Canal+, the former Arsenal player said in an interview to Le Journal du Dimanche that, in put in Mbappé's situation, whose contract expires on June 30, Nasri would choose to stay at PSG instead of signing for the 14-time European champions.

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‘In his shoes, I would stay at PSG’ says Nasri

“If he leaves, he will leave a gap [in the budget], but with the money [PSG] will be able to sign other players - who will not be Mbappé, that is obvious. But today he is so important, whether in the French national team or at his club. Two years ago I said that he was the best player in the world and I still believe it”, said the former Manchester City player.

“I have always expressed my feelings”, he continued, “he is from the Paris region and in his shoes I would stay at PSG. Instead of going to Madrid, winning their 15th Champions League... PSG have never won it. If Olympique Marseille (Nasri’s hometown club) had been owned by Qatar when I was there, I would never have left. I think it is better to be the king of your people,” Nasri told Le Journal du Dimanche.

After breaking through at Marseille, Nasri played for a variety of clubs including Arsenal, Manchester City, Sevilla, West Ham and Anderlecht.
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After breaking through at Marseille, Nasri played for a variety of clubs including Arsenal, Manchester City, Sevilla, West Ham and Anderlecht.Oli ScarffAFP

Mbappé could leave PSG for free in 2024

The news about Kylian Mbappé's future, despite Real Madrid’s statement this Saturday, has been absent from the news cycle at the start of the current season. The forward decided not to extend his contract until 2025, but instead deciding to fulfil the last year of his remaining contract.

Now, both PSG owner Nasser Al Khelaïfi and sporting director Luis Campos must, at the beginning of 2024, try to convince him to sign a new agreement, just as they did in 2022 after intense negotiations. Or else Mbappé will, if he does not follow Nasri’s advice, leave the club for free.