Real Madrid issued a press communique on Wednesday stating they had not reached an agreement with Paris Saint Germain to sign 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe for a world record 272 million euros.
Mbappe became one of the stars of the 2018 World Cup finals in France's 4-3 win over Argentina when he scored two goals and won a penalty for France, with those two goals meaning he is the first teenager to score twice in the finals stage of the World Cup since Brazilian legend Pele.
But for the moment, he appears to be staying in France.
"Given the information published in the last few hours regarding an alleged agreement between Real Madrid and PSG for the player Kylian Mbappe, Real Madrid would like to state that it is completely false," the club said in its communique.
"Real Madrid has not made any offer to PSG or the player and condemns the spreading of this type of information that has not been proven by the parties concerned," it added.
This communique comes just two days after the club publicly denied a story on Spanish national TV network RTVE that said they had signed Brazilian star Neymar, also from PSG, publishing a statement saying the information was "absolutely untrue".
"Real Madrid has made no offer of any kind to PSG or the player," insisted the club, who added that they were "surprised that the Spanish public television network would choose to broadcast entirely false information without anyone from the outlet having first contacted any of the parties concerned to corroborate the supposed information."