Paris Saint-Germain are working hard to convince Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to stick with them as they pursue Champions League glory, but are struggling to attract star quality, according to French football expert Jonathan Johnson.
Reports on Sunday suggested Mbappe has told PSG he wants to leave at the end of the season to further his career and is targeting a move to Spain or England.
The 21-year-old, who has been linked with a switch to Real Madrid, spoke out before this year’s Champions League final defeat to Bayern Munich regarding his desire to win the competition.
Reacting to those media reports, Johnson told Sky Sports News: “My understanding is that the reporting is very premature.
“PSG are trying to convince the likes of Neymar and Mbappe that they are the club to stick with it. They just reached the Champions League final and have shown progress on the continental stage.
“Mbappe is a key part of their strategy but the player wants to see the club pushing seriously for Champions League success.
“With the current economic situation it is proving difficult for PSG to attract the calibre of star they need to boost their squad.
“There is plenty for PSG and Mbappe to work towards in the next couple of months but the reports he has told them he wants to leave are premature.”
Neymar caused a stir in France last summer after offering to pay £18m of his own money to PSG to facilitate a move away from the club, with Barcelona keen on bringing the forward back to the Nou Camp.
There has been renewed interest from Barca this year, including a potential swap deal involving Antoine Griezmann, but the Spanish side will look to sell their man elsewhere if neither Griezmann nor PSG, who reportedly value Neymar at £135m (€150m), have any interest in such a deal.