Emmanuel Macron, president of France, has admitted that he indeed did talk to PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe prior to his renewal with the French club.
Mbappe was long rumoured to be headed to Spain to play for Real Madrid as his contract with PSG was expiring in the summer, but the 23-year-old signed a new contract with the Ligue 1 champions.
“Yes, it is true that I had a conversation with Kylian Mbappe before he made a firm decision about his future,” revealed Macron.
“In it, I merely advised him, in a totally informal way, to remain in France. I believe it is my responsibility, as president, to defend the country when asked in an informal and friendly manner.”
He also insisted that although he did have some role to play in the Mbappe soap opera, he never interfered too much into what happened behind the scenes.
“I have never intervened in any transfer,” Macron said.
“Just like any other citizen, when it comes to sporting matters, I always want to see a good game and cheer on a team, especially, in my case, Olympique de Marseille.”
Macron also expressed his feelings about the events that took place in Saint Denis ahead of the kick-off in the Champions League final.
“I sympathise with all those who could not get access to their seats despite having paid for their tickets, these people must be compensated as soon as possible,” Macron stated.
“And I also want maximum transparency: I have asked the government to clarify what happened, to determine responsibilities and to explain everything down to the smallest detail to the French, the British, and the Spanish.”