Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has confirmed that the French giants have rejected an opening offer from Real Madrid for Kylian Mbappe.
Speaking in a transfer briefing with select French and Spanish outlets, including RMC Sport, the Brazilian confirmed that the Spanish giants have bid for the France international but that it has fallen short of PSG's valuation of the 22-year-old.
"We verbally rejected Real," he said. "It is far from what we consider to be sufficient value given what we paid for the same player at 18. Especially as part of this amount will go to Monaco."
Craving even more coverage of the world's game? Listen below and follow ¡Qué Golazo! A Daily CBS Soccer Podcast where we take you beyond the pitch and around the globe for commentary, previews, recaps and more.
Mbappe joined PSG from Ligue 1 rivals Monaco back in 2017 and is under contract until next summer with recent extension offers rejected by the player.
"The Club's position has always been to keep and renew Kylian's contract," he added. "There have been several meetings about this, and it remains our goal. We made an offer to Kylian in line with other top players and even better more recently.
"However, if a player wants to leave, we will not stop them. However, they leave on our terms. We are not closing the door on anybody but there has been no new bid."
Leonardo then proceeded to blast Real's tactics in trying to land Mbappe and accused the La Liga outfit of direct contact with the player for the past two years.
"This proposal, seven days from the end of the transfer window, seems like a strategy from Real to get us to say 'no' and then to say that they did everything to get him before getting him on a free," he said. "For the past two years, Real have had a disrespectful, incorrect, and even illegal attitude as there is no right to directly contact a player. It is unacceptable."
"Kylian always promised that he would never leave for free. We cannot say that we are happy."
Mbappe has seen PSG sign Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Georginio Wijnaldum on free transfers this summer with Achraf Hakimi also brought in from Inter Milan.
The Frenchman could start alongside Messi for the legendary Argentine's debut this coming weekend against Stade de Reims in Ligue 1.