France legend namechecks Newcastle United as he talks Kylian Mbappe transfer decision

Kylian Mbappe is set to become a free agent this summer and the PSG striker has been speculatively linked with Newcastle

Emmanuel Petit believes ‘anything can happen’ with Kylian Mbappe’s future amid the speculative post-takeover transfer links to Newcastle United.

The Paris Saint-Germain striker is set to become a free agent this summer, prompting unlikely rumours of a St James’ Park switch after the Magpies became one of the world’s richest clubs.

Mbappe publicly outlined his intention to leave the Ligue 1 side in October, and Real Madrid are reportedly still keen to sign the 22-year-old despite their unsuccessful attempts to broker a deal in the summer.

Former Arsenal midfielder Petit believes the striker has become ‘frustrated and tired’ by his current circumstances in the French capital, and suggested the French international may be disappointed to not receive the same ‘recognition’ as team-mates Lionel Messi and Neymar.

However, Mbappe has been in scintillating form for Mauricio Pochettino’s side so far this season, registering eight goals and 12 assists in all competitions.

The forward will be free to speak to other clubs from January 1, 2022, and Petit feels the upcoming months will be crucial for the World Cup winner who could yet reach a ‘higher level’.

Petit told Gambling.com: “Anything can happen.

“We see what’s happened with Newcastle United – there have been rumours and you never know what’s going to happen at the end of the day, things can turn very easily and very quickly.

“There is a big link with Real Madrid and I know that in his mind when he was a child he was dreaming of playing for clubs like this, because of the stars they have there and the history of the club.

“I think he’s been frustrated and tired by the situation at PSG over the past year. We’ve seen some trouble on the pitch between players both at Paris Saint-Germain and the national team, which was reflective in his game and his mood.

“Maybe he’s interested in Real Madrid because he’s tired of what’s happening here in France. I think he gets the feeling sometimes that he doesn’t get the same recognition as players like Messi or Neymar.

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