PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN prevented Real Madrid from making a sneaky transfer approach for Kylian Mbappe during last night's Ballon d'Or awards.
Sporting director Leonardo and president Nasser Al-Khelaifi watched the 22-year-old all night in order to guard against a conversation with anyone from Madrid.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Mbappe did bump into Madrid legend Emilio Butragueno at the star-studded event.
But with Leonardo and Al-Khelaifi around, the pair merely exchanged pleasantries.
Mbappe's infatuation with playing for Real Madrid has never been a secret.
And with his contract set to expire, Madrid president Florentino Perez may soon secure his man.
The LaLiga giants will be eligible to open formal negotiations with Mbappe on January 1.
Madrid launched two huge bids last summer to land the Frenchman.
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But after they were turned down by PSG, they may now get their No1 target for nothing.
Last night wouldn't have been the first time that Madrid have secured a big-money signing at an awards do.
As explained by Marca, Perez enticed Zinedine Zidane at the CL Awards back in 2001.
The Madrid chief handed the attacking midfielder a napkin at the ceremony, with the message: "Would you like to come and play in Madrid?"
Zizou's emphatic response was: "Yes!"
With his minders either side of him, Mbappe may have had a less than fun time at last night's ceremony.
The forward came ninth in the Ballon d'Or race, his lowest since bursting onto scene with Monaco in 2017 – and he looked miffed as the result was announced.
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