Kylian Mbappe initially stayed at Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) after giving up a huge amount of money. However, it appears that PSG have not given up on the idea of extending his contract.
“Mbappe’s return to training is not directly linked to his decision not to leave as a free agent next summer,” French publication L’Equipe reported on Friday, adding that Mbappe will give up a significant bonus from PSG to stay.
“PSG could save between €100 million and €150 million ($146.2 million),” the outlet continued. However, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi still seems keen to keep Mbappe this season.”
Mbappe has been touted as the next Ballon d’Or contender. He joined PSG in 2017 after showing great promise at AS Monaco. He spent the 2017-18 season on loan before making the move permanent the following year. At the time, PSG reportedly spent a staggering €180 million on his signature alone.
That’s the second most expensive transfer in history. The number one player is also a PSG investment. Neymar, who joined the club in 2017. Neymar’s transfer fee was reportedly €220 million ($324.6 billion). The reason PSG spent such an astronomical amount was to win the UEFA Champions League (UCL).
It worked. Led by the duo, PSG reached the UCL final for the first time in club history in the 2019-20 season. They lost to Bayern Munich in the final, but it was a positive achievement. Since then, PSG has steadily strengthened its roster and established itself as one of Europe’s strongest teams.
Mbappe’s performances were consistent. However, he was linked with a move away from the club ahead of last season. At the time, he was strongly linked to Real Madrid. In fact, Real even drew up a concrete transfer offer to sign Mbappe. But suddenly, Mbappe decided to stay. He signed a new contract to stay with PSG.
The deal runs until 2024, with an option for a one-year extension. In the process, PSG reportedly offered a whopping €150 million to keep Mbappe. It was also rumored that Real, furious with the decision, would never be interested in signing Mbappe again. 토토사이트
This seemed to be the end of the transfer saga. Mbappe helped PSG win the French Ligue 1 title with 29 goals and five assists in 34 games. His performances were still among the best in the league. The problem was, there was a lot of noise. Since the beginning of the season, rumors of a feud with Neymar have been circulating.
And now, the latest bombshell. Mbappe, who was named the best French player of the 2022-23 season by France’s L’Equipe and France Football, later said in an interview, “In my opinion, playing for PSG doesn’t help me.