Former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Emmanuel Petit believes Kylian Mbappe ‘could easily’ sign for Newcastle following their Saudi-led takeover last month.
Mbappe, who moved to PSG from Monaco in 2017, has scored seven goals in all competitions for PSG this season but has endured a tricky start, showing his frustration with star team-mate Neymar on one occasion.
His contract at the Parc des Princes expires next year and the French World Cup winner has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid – yet compatriot Petit insisted that Newcastle’s new-found wealth makes them a contender too.
Emmanuel Petit (left) insists Kylian Mbappe (right) ‘could easily’ sign for Newcastle United
Mbappe has scored seven goals in all competitions but is yet to sign a new contract in Paris
‘Anything can happen,’ 1998 World Cup winner Petit told Gambling.com when asked above Mbappe’s future.
‘We see what’s happened with Newcastle United – there have been rumours and you never know what’s going to happen at the end of the day, things could turn very easily and very quickly.
‘There is a big link with Real Madrid and I know that in his mind when he was a child he was dreaming of playing for clubs like this, because of the stars they have there and the history of the club.
‘I think he’s been frustrated and tired by the situation at PSG over the past year. We’ve seen some trouble on the pitch between players both at Paris Saint-Germain and the national team, which was reflective in his game and his mood.
Mbappe showed his anger with Neymar when substituted in a Ligue 1 clash back in September
‘Maybe he’s interested in Real Madrid because he’s tired of what’s happening here in France. I think he gets the feeling sometimes that he doesn’t get the same recognition as players like [Lionel] Messi or Neymar.
‘Messi, before he came here, he was the king of Barcelona. But for me, the king of Paris Saint-Germain is Mbappe, not Messi or Neymar. With all the respect I have for Messi, Mbappe is still number one.’
Mbappe is set to be action on Wednesday night in the Champions League, with the Ligue 1 side up against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
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