Want-away Mbappe now wants to stay?

August 14 – After a seemingly interminable impasse with the club’s owners, Kylian Mbappe looks set to remain at Pars St Germain after being reinstated into the first team.

Twenty-four hours after being omitted for the Ligue 1 season opener against Lorient and reportedly being frozen out of the main squad amid an ongoing contract stand-off, the French superstar was back in training following “constructive and positive talks” between the two parties.

Mbappe watched from the stands on Saturday night as defending champion PSG drew 0-0 at home to Lorient. He has been keen to leave for free when his contract runs out net summer but PSG prefer to sell him to stop this happening.

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi reportedly spoke to players at training on Sunday to tell them that Mbappe was once again part of the squad for the season.

PSG received a world record $332 million offer from Saudi Arabian team Al-Hilal for Mbappe, who reportedly refused to meet with representatives from the Saudi club when they were in Paris last month.

He is widely thought to want to join Real Madrid next season on a free transfer, complete with a massive signing-on fee.

PSG did not say if Mbappe had opened negotiations over a new a contract but the talks point to an improvement in relations that turned increasingly sour after Mbappe informed the club in June he would not take up a one-year extension to his contract.

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