Kylian Mbappe said French President Emmanuel Macron has no influence on his career choices as the Paris Saint-Germain striker lost his temper on Thursday when asked about his future with the Ligue 1 champions.

Mbappe sent a letter to Paris Saint-Germain stating that he did not intend to extend his contract, which expires in 2024, but later clarified that he had not asked the French club to allow him to move to the Spanish giants, Real Madrid.

When Mbappe was linked with a move away from PSG in 2021, Macron urged him to stay at PSG and continue playing in Ligue 1.

French media reported earlier this week that he would press for Mbappe to stay, but the 24-year-old reiterated his stance that his plan was to stay with PSG next season.

“What is the impact of the president? On my career today, in 2023, nothing. He wants me to stay in Paris, my goal is to stay. We are on the same wavelength,” Mbappe told reporters ahead of France’s European Championship qualifier against Gibraltar on Friday.

“Will I leave PSG? I’ve already answered, I said my goal is to stay at PSG, and that’s my only option at the moment. I’m ready to return when pre-season resumes.

“I didn’t think that a message had killed anyone or that I had offended anyone.”

Paris Saint-Germain is facing the dilemma of letting Mbappe slip through the final year of his contract and being unable to recoup any of the 180 million euros ($196.94 million) they spent in 2017 to sign Monaco.

Mbappe has finished as the top scorer in Ligue 1 for the past five seasons.

“I’ve been used to it since I was very young. I’m thinking about tomorrow’s game. That’s my only concern.

“What happens abroad is secondary, I’ve always managed to do both. I want to show tomorrow that I’m a great player.”

France coach Didier Deschamps also stood by Mbappe, who was named captain of the team in March.

“We discuss a lot of things with Kylian, he’s the captain of the team… he’s committed to the group,” Deschamps said.

“He’s not more uptight than usual. He’s always in the spotlight, a bit lately, but that has no effect on him or the group at all.”


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