PSG and Mbappe latest: What’s going on with the French star?
The 24-year-old France forward has been linked with a move away from the Ligue 1 champions, with Real Madrid reportedly his preferred destination. However, PSG are reluctant to let him go and have insisted that he will not leave for free when his contract expires in 2024. So what’s going on with Mbappe and PSG? Here are some of the latest developments:
Mbappe left out of PSG’s pre-season tour
Mbappe was left out of PSG’s squad for their pre-season tour of Asia, which raised eyebrows among fans and media. PSG claimed that Mbappe was recovering from a minor injury he picked up during the Euro 2020 final against Argentina, but some reports suggested that it was a sign of his discontent at the club. The French footballers’ union (UNFP) also criticised PSG for leaving Mbappe behind, accusing them of “moral harassment” and threatening to take legal action against them1.
Mbappe admits to asking to leave PSG
According to Spanish news outlet Sport, Mbappe has admitted to asking to leave PSG in the summer, but was denied by the club’s president Nasser Al-Khelaifi. Mbappe reportedly told his teammates that he wanted a new challenge and that he felt he had achieved everything he could at PSG. He also said that he had a good relationship with Al-Khelaifi, but that he did not agree with his vision for the club2.
Mbappe decides to leave PSG next summer
Sport also reported that Mbappe has decided to leave PSG next summer and will communicate his decision to the board in the coming days. Mbappe is said to have made up his mind after seeing PSG sign Lionel Messi from Barcelona, which he felt would reduce his role and importance at the club. Mbappe is also keen to join Real Madrid, who have been courting him for years and who can offer him a lucrative contract and a chance to win the Champions League2.
PSG put Mbappe up for sale
The Guardian reported that PSG have put Mbappe up for sale after leaving him out of their pre-season tour of Asia. PSG are said to be willing to listen to offers for Mbappe, who cost them £166m following his 2017 move from Monaco. PSG do not want to lose Mbappe for free in 2024 and have urged him to sign a contract extension or leave the club. Al-Khelaifi has said that it is “impossible” that Mbappe will be allowed to leave for free in 20243.
Mbappe attracts interest from several clubs
Mbappe’s situation has attracted interest from several clubs, who are monitoring his availability and hoping to sign him either this summer or next summer. Real Madrid are the frontrunners, as they have been long-time admirers of Mbappe and have the financial resources and prestige to lure him. However, they are not the only ones, as Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea have also been linked with Mbappe in the past. Even Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal have made a cheeky offer to Mbappe, promising him a private jet, a palace and unlimited oil if he joins them4.
Mbappe is one of the best players in the world, but his future at PSG is unclear. He has expressed his desire to leave the club, but PSG are not ready to let him go easily. He has been left out of their pre-season tour, put up for sale and offered by various clubs. It remains to be seen where he will end up playing next season and beyond.