Presnel Kimpembe has opened up on his future at Paris Saint-Germain as he is linked with a summer transfer to Premier League giants Chelsea.
Speaking at a press conference while on international duty with France (h/t Metro), Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe has addressed the speculations surrounding his future in Ligue 1 amidst interest from Chelsea.
A product of the PSG youth setup, Kimpembe has grown into a mainstay at the heart of the defence for the club. The 26-year-old was a regular fixture in the side as Les Parisiens raced to the Ligue 1 title triumph last season. While he has been a regular in the side alongside Marquinhos in recent years, things could change in the next season.
PSG have prioritised the signing of a new centre-half this summer. The Parisian giants are interested in Inter Milan defender and Chelsea target Milan Skriniar, while there have also been links to Napoli stalwart Kalidou Koulibaly.
PSG’s pursuit of a new defender has led to question marks over the future of Kimpembe. The French international has emerged as a possible transfer target for Chelsea as a replacement for Antonio Rudiger, who has left the club for Real Madrid. Former Les Parisiens manager Thomas Tuchel is believed to be seeking a reunion with Kimpembe at Stamford Bridge.
Amidst rising speculations over his future, the defender has now spoken out on the matter, insisting that he has sought clarity over his role from PSG and will make a decision once he assesses the situation.
“I said that I was reaching 27 years of age and that my next contract would be decisive. I want to be able to know what the project of the club will look like. I didn’t say anything wrong. I joined the club when I was nine or 10 years old. I think it’s a legitimate question to ask my club about the future project and what role I am going to be given,” Kimpembe said.
Kimpembe still has two years left on his contract with PSG. But the fact that he is not entirely convinced of his role in the side and is seeking clarification on the matter bodes well for Chelsea, who are eyeing multiple signings to bolster the backline this summer. The French ace is a player that Tuchel knows well and can be a good addition to the backline at Chelsea. Whether a move materialises remains to be seen, however.