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PSG's Kylian Mbappe scores his side's third goal during the Champions League quarter-final first leg win over Bayern Munich. Photo: Sven Hoppe/DPA

PSG's Kylian Mbappe scores his side's third goal during the Champions League quarter-final first leg win over Bayern Munich. Photo: Sven Hoppe/DPA

PSG's Kylian Mbappe scores his side's third goal during the Champions League quarter-final first leg win over Bayern Munich. Photo: Sven Hoppe/DPA

Kylian Mbappe has thrown his future into doubt by continuing to resist signing a new deal at Paris Saint-Germain.

In fact, the chances of the superstar forward now staying at PSG are rated only 50/50 with Mbappe having just 15 months left on his current contract.

PSG have been trying to tie the 22-year-old down to a new deal for more than a year but, unlike with Neymar who is also out of contract in June 2022, talks have not progressed.

It has reached a stage where there is genuine concern that Mbappe wants to leave PSG this summer. In January, the World Cup winner said he was “thinking very hard” about his future and, it is understood, the uncertainty brought about by the Covid pandemic has meant that continues to be the case.

If Mbappe was made available for transfer there would be an extraordinary scramble to try to sign him by Europe’s leading clubs at a time when the focus has been on another brilliant young attacker, Erling Haaland.

PSG remain hopeful Mbappe will eventually decide to stay but are currently far more optimistic that they will be able to soon announce a long-term contract with Neymar, who has recently turned 29 and would therefore probably see out the remainder of his career in Paris.

Despite being a PSG fan, Mbappe has made no secret of the fact that he may eventually play elsewhere and there is concern that he has become distracted. Mbappe joined PSG from Monaco in 2017 for £166 million, after an initial season-long loan, in the same summer that Neymar was signed for £192m.

PSG would expect a fee significantly in excess of €100m (£87m) for Mbappe, even though he is going into the final year of his contract at the end of this season and the financial problems caused by Covid.

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