While PSG accuses Real Madrid of wooing Kylian Mbappé, Leonardo recalls that the recruitments of Lionel Messi and Gianluigi Donnarumma were made under different conditions.
Do what I say but not what I do? Leonardo does not want to hear these kinds of accusations for the Paris Saint Germain. As the capital club criticize Real Madrid’s behavior, who is doing the forcing to recruit Kylian Mbappé at the end of his contract in 2022, the sporting director recalls one thing. If PSG has also recruited many free players (Wijnaldum, Donnarumma, Ramos and Messi this summer), it has not courted the players several months previously.
“For Donnarumma, we never contacted him before June, explains Leonardo in the Gazzetta dello Sport, relays Culture PSG. They communicated that they would not extend it (l’AC Milan), they take Maignan, then internal things happened. In June we talked about this situation, we discussed and decided to go. There was never any work before that, so we were starting from scratch. The Mbappé case is different: there was a work of two years. They spoke publicly about him as if it was normal. “
It’s the same for Lionel Messi. PSG have had no influence on the Argentine not renewing his contract with Barca. “He was convinced to stay in Barcelona. We had contacts, because things were clear: we spoke with him. But we never really knew he meant to do it (to leave, editor’s note). We then threw in the bases to exchange ideas, which put us in an easier position after their relationship ended. “