Real Madrid midfielder Fede Valverde has shrugged off Kylian Mbappe’s decision to re-sign with PSG.
The striker turned down an offer from Real Madrid to pen a new three-year contract.
On the day Mbappe made public his decision, Valverde posted to social media: “Being from Madrid is a privilege that not everyone can have.”
Valverde told AS: “Each one interprets it as he wants. I manage my social networks so that people get informed and talk about Real Madrid, I talk about myself and my team.
“Those who want to interpret other things, there they are.
“We know the kind of player that Mbappé is, we know what he gives, what he gives to his team, he is a spectacular player. But we are only thinking about winning the final on Saturday, adding another title for Real Madrid.
“Of Mbappé, I prefer not to comment more.”
In a 2018 interview with Time, Mbappé spoke about the sacrifices he made as a teenager to focus on his football development: “I did not have the moments of so-called normal people during adolescence, like going out with friends, enjoying good times.” But despite missing out on a “normal” life, Mbappé states he is “living the life he always dreamed of”. Just over four years after making his professional debut he has over 50 million Instagram followers. While he admits his “life has been totally turned upside down” since he first entered the spotlight, he says he is “happy”.
On 25 June 2021, Kylian’s brother Ethan signed an “aspiring” contract with Paris Saint-Germain in a deal lasting until 2024.
Mbappé has a sponsorship deal with sportswear and equipment supplier Nike. In 2017, his prodigious talent saw Nike launch his own personalised football boots at age 18, the Kylian Mbappé Nike Hypervenom 3. In 2018, he unveiled the Nike Mercurial Superfly VI boots which were inspired by the R9 Mercurial boots of former Brazilian striker Ronaldo. In 2018, Swiss watchmaker Hublot signed Mbappé as a global ambassador.