Florentino Perez said Kylian Mbappe ‘doesn’t exist’ after Real’s Madrid’s latest success in the Champions League (Movistar/AFP via Getty)
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said Kylian Mbappe ‘doesn’t exist’ after his side’s victory over Liverpool in the Champions League on Saturday evening.
Madrid won their 14th Champions League trophy after Vinicius Junior’s second-half goal sealed a 1-0 victory over Liverpool at the Stade de France.
The Spanish club have also ended the season with their 35th La Liga title after they finished 13 points behind Barcelona.
Madrid had made the signing of Mbappe their top priority ahead of the summer transfer window, but after agreeing a deal to join the Spanish club, the France international performed a last-minute U-turn and signed a contract extension with Paris Saint-Germain.
When asked about Mbappe’s decision after the final, Perez was dismissive of the 23-year-old’s decision to snub Madrid.
‘Every year we try to bring someone in, but this forward line is difficult to improve,’ Perez told Movistar after the final.
Kylian Mbappe turned down Real Madrid to stay at Paris Saint-Germain (AFP via Getty)
When asked if Mbappe would have been an improvement, Perez replied: ‘Today, Mbappe doesn’t exist, Real Madrid exist.
‘It’s a party for Real Madrid and their players, who have been champions of Europe.’
Real Madrid won their 14th Champions League trophy at the Stade de France on Saturday (Copa/Getty)
Meanwhile, former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admits he was surprised by Mbappe’s decision to stay at PSG.
‘He is definitely thinking he is a little bit richer for sure,’ Gerrard told BT Sport.
‘But from a football decision, I do think in his quiet moment tonight if he has watched that game, he will think to himself, ‘I have just turned down the chance to join a club that has won 14 European Cups’, and they are going to be back because they recruit top players.
‘They have got the know-how, they have got the demand to win it, they are going to win more.
‘They have got the pull haven’t they, they have got the pull worldwide they are a giant in the game. They have got the pull where recruitment-wise, if a club like Real Madrid come along for you, 99 times out of 100 you go.’
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