By India Today Sports Desk: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has played down the chances for the Premier League champions to make a move for Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe after the uncertainity surrounding the French forward's future at Paris continues to grow.
It was reported earlier in the month that Mbappe had informed PSG that he wouldn't be triggering the option of an extension in his current contract, which would expire in the summer of 2024.
The reports went on to state that PSG could be forced to cash-in on the French superstar in order to prevent him from going on a free transfer. The links with Real Madrid had quickly emerged as he was one of their prime targets ahead of the summer transfer window last year before he performed a U-turn to extend his contract at PSG.
Mbappe has since come out and stated that he wasn't actively looking for a move to Madrid and was happy to stay at PSG for the season.
"LIESâæ At the same time, the bigger it is, the more it passes. I have already said that I will continue next season at PSG where I am very happy," said Mbappe on Twitter. The French forward then told in an interview with Italian media that he had only told PSG that he wouldn't be extending his stay at the Ligue 1 giants.
Many clubs have since been linked with a move for Mbappe, with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea. However, Guardiola has now denied that City will be in the running for the 24-year-old, as quoted by Metro.
Guardiola said that Mbappe won't join his side and claimed that everyone knows where he wants to go.
"No, he won’t join Manchester City," Guardiola said. "You already know where he wants to go."