Barring a dramatic change, Mbappé remains at PSG

The soap opera of several months ended in the afternoon of this Saturday, May 21, according to several media, a few hours before the kick-off of the last match of the season in Ligue 1 football, against Metz (9:00 p.m.) .

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L’Equipe, Marca, Le Parisien-Aujourd’hui in France, RTL and RMC have rumored the “yes” from Mbappé to Paris, on a three-year contract that has yet to be signed. The official announcement would come in the evening. AFP has confirmed the existence of an agreement in principle, from a source close to the negotiations.

The choice of loyalty

According to several media, the French striker communicated his decision to the president of Real Madrid Florentino Pérez, dismissed once again after trying to recruit him last year. Mbappé’s entourage, contacted in the middle of the afternoon, did not wish to react to press information. Between Madrid and Paris, “The two offers are equal… On the one hand we have our image (Madrid) and on the other the financial… Not much difference”, his mother, Fayza Lamari, told Egyptian media Kora Plus on Friday. The native of Bondy (23 years old) made the choice of loyalty to a club which recruited him in 2017, when he “was nobody yet”as he stated in May 2021.

Anger in Spain

Today a candidate for the Ballon d’Or, after another exceptional season, the 2018 world champion also had to obtain the sporting guarantees he required to stay, he who claimed to be “at the center of the project”. His decision launches a new summer of major maneuvers at PSG, which has promised to restructure to avoid reliving the embarrassing elimination in the knockout stages of the Champions League against Real last March (0-1, 3-1). It is now a little more the PSG of Mbappé, future biggest salary of the club according to the press, than that of Lionel Messi or Neymar. In the evening, the attacker will be honored on an individual basis, if he finishes top scorer and best assistor of the season in L1 – a performance that no one has achieved before him. The opportunity to seal in front of the public this union called to win everything.

While it is still not formalized, the news of Kylian Mbappé’s extension sparked a very strong reaction from one of the most senior leaders in Spanish football. Referring to the amounts at stake, Javier Tebas president of La Liga (the Spanish championship) denounces on Twitter a “insult to football”for a club whose payroll will exceed, according to him, 600 million euros.

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