Ibrahima Konate rates Liverpool’s chances of signing Kylian Mbappe after Brentford win | Football

Kylian Mbappe has told PSG he will leave in the summer (Picture: Getty)

Ibrahima Konate appeared to rule Liverpool out of the race to sign Kylian Mbappe after the side’s 4-1 win at Brentford, joking that ‘we all know’ the forward’s next club.

Mbappe has put Europe’s elite clubs on red alert after informing Paris Saint-Germain that he has no intention of extending his stay in the French capital beyond the end of the season.

The 2018 World Cup winner, regarded as one of the finest attacking players on the planet, has entered the final six months of his contract and will leave the Parc des Princes as a free agent in the summer.

Real Madrid’s pursuit of Mbappe is well documented and stretches back a number of years. In 2022, the 25-year-old appeared on the verge of joining Los Blancos in before signing a new deal with PSG.

Reports emanating from Spain indicate that the France superstar has already committed to a five-year contract at the Bernabeu, with Madrid overwhelming favourites to beat the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool to his signature.

However, Liverpool continue to be linked with Mbappe and Konate was pressed on the speculation surrounding his fellow countryman in the wake of the Reds’ victory at the Gtech Community Stadium in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off.

‘Mbappe to Liverpool next season?’, a Canal+ reporter asked Konate shortly after the final whistle, to which the defender replied: ‘I’m being completely honest, do you really think Mbappe is coming here?’

The Liverpool and France centre-back added: ‘I think everyone knows where he is going.

‘We all know so no, we don’t even think about him in this team and I’m not going to try to bring him here.’

Carlo Ancelotti was asked about the incessant rumours linking Madrid with Mbappe as he faced the media ahead of his side’s La Liga clash with Sevilla this weekend.

PSG star Kylian Mbappe shakes hands with Carlo Ancelotti

Mbappe has reportedly agreed to a five-year deal with Los Blancos (Picture: Getty)

The Italian was keen to stress that he remained focussed on football maters and would refuse to let the speculation become a distraction, with Madrid sitting pretty at the top of the Spanish top flight.

‘I see and hear everything but nothing else,’ the Madrid manager told reporters at his pre-match press conference.

‘I understand that it’s the topic of the day for you but not for us.’

Further pressed on speculation surrounding Mbappe, he added: ‘We have prepared for tomorrow’s game and that’s what we have talked about, not about anything else.

‘I’d like to work on this season, there’s a long time to go before next season.’

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