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The cold reunion between Florentino Pérez and Al-Khelaïfi in Paris

The president of Real Madrid, Florentino Perez, and the owner of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), Nasser Al Khelaifi, sThey met again this Tuesday, hours before the first leg of the round of 16, in one of the most exclusive restaurants in the French capital, the Pavillon Ledoyen.

The event itself, which the local media predicted would be tense, is part of the usual protocol for Champions League matches, according to which the host entertains the visitor with a lunch or dinner, but their face-to-face encounter has taken on special relevance Given the interest of both Kylian Mbappe.

The Pavillon Ledoyen, a three-Michelin-star restaurant run by chef Yannick Alléno, is located near the Avenue des Champs-Elysées and Place de Concorde.

It was the same place where the two leaders met in October 2015, the day before a match that on that occasion ended in a goalless draw. Perez, 74, did not make a statement to the press upon arrival.

It does not seem that details of their conversation will transcend, but nobody doubts that between dishes they will end up appearing Mbappe, whose contract expires at the end of this season and that since this January is free to negotiate with other clubs.

There are other issues of friction between the two. Florentino Perez He is the main promoter of the Super League, with which he challenges UEFA to create a new competition that brings together the best in Europe, a project he did not join Al Khelaifi.

The Qatari immediately reneged on that project, perhaps because his country is organizing the World Cup in a few months. As a reward, he was elected head of the club association.

That reason and the unknown Mbappe They have strained their relationships. PSG accuses Madrid of inciting the player’s desire to change scenery, a duel that reached its maximum dimension this summer, when Madrid pressed to get the striker.

did not succeed because Al Khelaifi He rejected an offer of 180 million euros for the remaining year of his contract, convinced that he still has options to renew his star. Pérez has been silent on the matter since then, but many observers maintain that he already has a player tied to him who has never hidden that his dream is to play for Madrid.

The newspaper L’Équipe, which even speaks of a “cold war” between the two, recalled this Monday that the criticism against Pérez de Leonardo, the sports director of PSG, who reproached him for speaking in the summer of Mbappé with the apparent certainty that it would be his.

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