Liverpool have been dealt a potential blow in their attempts to sign Kylian Mbappe, with the Frenchman claiming he could stay put at Paris Saint-Germain.

The 22-year-old’s future is up in the air, with his current PSG deal expiring at the end of next season.

That means the Ligue 1 champions may only be able to sell the £162million-rated forward for a huge fee this summer, with Liverpool and Real Madrid reported to be the front-runners.

In an interview with Telefoot [via journalist Fabrizio Romano on Twitter], however, Mbappe hinted that he is happy to stay put at PSG:

We are talking with the club, I am also reflecting on it. If I sign it will be to invest myself long term here. I feel good here. I will soon have to make a decision. If I extend, it’s so that I stay.

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This would be a blow to Liverpool’s hopes of bringing in the French superstar this summer, should he be a genuine target.

Mbappe is widely considered one of the world’s best players currently, with his age meaning he could be at the top for around a decade.

He has already scored 106 goals in just 147 appearances for PSG, as well as 16 in 39 games for France.

If Liverpool can’t get Mbappe, it will be interesting to see if they turn their attention to Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland instead – arguably the other most exciting young player on the planet at the moment.

The Reds have been linked with a sensational move for the Norwegian, so it may be one to keep an eye on.

Who would you rather Liverpool signed out of Haaland and Mbappe?