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'Mbappe is 100% staying' - Leonardo laughs off Zidane 'love' after PSG fight back for draw

Paris Saint-Germain director Leonardo assured that Kylian Mbappe's future lay in France after the star's suitors Real Madrid were frustrated in a 2-2 draw on Tuesday. 

Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane's open courting of his compatriot dominated the headlines ahead of the Champions League Group A clash between the two sides. 

Zidane had declared his "love" for the young superstar, words that have been taken in good humour by most of the PSG family

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And on Tuesday, Mbappe gave another demonstration of why he has captured Zidane's heart with an 81st minute goal as PSG battled back from two goals down to grab a draw that guarantees them first place in the group with a game to spare. 

Leonardo saw the funny side of the Madrid coach's romantic intentions after the match, but underlined that his love would go unrequited. 

"Did he say that? I hadn't seen anything!" the Brazilian joked when quizzed on the week's hottest story. 

"The only thing I know is that Mbappe is 100 per cent staying here. The rest is by the by. 

"We are moving slowly [on a new contract] but we are going forward."

The first half at the Santiago Bernabeu ended in controversy when Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was spared a red card thanks to VAR, which spotted a foul on Marcelo prior to the goalkeeper's clumsy challenge that took down Mauro Icardi. 

PSG felt aggrieved at the ruling, which also overturned a possible penalty shout, and Leonardo believed that the referee acted incorrectly in bringing play back so far. 

"The pictures are clear, I promised myself I wouldn't talk about the referee," he added. 

"At the time of Idrissa [Gueye's] hypothetical foul, the referee was not far from the action and he said there was no foul, then there was a penalty. 

"Perhaps it wasn't a red card, but he gave it, VAR called and he thought there had been a mistake, but it had already passed, it wasn't a mistake. 

"The rules say that he has the right to look back if it is a serious error. We can dispute that, but it wasn't a serious mistake, he made it twice, that action could change the game.

"I understand [fans' anger]. But I don't think it is against PSG: if we look at everything that has happened over the last few years, I'd say we come out on top."