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Soccer-Mbappe ‘already forgotten’, says Real’s Perez after Champions League win

(Reuters) – Real Madrid president Florentino Perez insisted that Paris St Germain forward Kylian Mbappe was not on the club’s minds as they celebrated a record-extending 14th European Cup crown after victory against Liverpool in Paris on Saturday.

Mbappe was widely tipped for a move to the Spanish capital but signed a contract extension until 2025 at PSG last week in a dramatic U-turn, a decision that irked many Real players and fans.

“Real Madrid will always continue to work on having the best players, but today Mbappe is already forgotten,” Perez told reporters after a Vinicius Jr tap-in gave them a 1-0 win.

“Nothing has happened, Real Madrid have had a perfect season and that is a forgotten issue, there is only a Real Madrid party.”

Mbappe’s choice to stay at the French champions has triggered a war of words between the parties involved after LaLiga president Javier Tebas said they would file a complaint against PSG to UEFA because the deal “attacked the economic stability” of the European game.

Ligue 1 president Vincent Labrune hit back at Tebas on Thursday, saying his denigration of the French league and its players was “unacceptable”.

(Reporting by Dhruv Munjal in Bengaluru; Editing by William Mallard)

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