Killian Mbappe celebrates with fans after signing a new three-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain and returning the opportunity to join Real Madrid.
Before the PSG beat Metz 5-0 in their final home game, the French World Cup-winning star stood on a platform near the center circle to address the fans.
“I am very happy to be able to continue this adventure, in France, in my hometown of Paris. I have always said Paris is my home,” said Mbappe. “I hope to continue playing what I love the most, playing football and winning trophies.”
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Mbappe then wore a PSG jersey with 2025 written on it when he stood next to President Nasser al-Khelaifi, who announced the new deal.
“I have some very good news to give you. Kylian Mbappe will stay until 2025,” Al-Khelaifi said, adding that fans have repeatedly heard Mbappe’s name pronounced. “Kylian’s commitment to the PSG represents an amazing milestone in the history of our club.”
The PSG contract of one of the most coveted players in football was due to expire in June, and a free transfer to Mbappe would be available.
But instead of joining 13-time European champions Madrid, which has haunted him for so long, Mbabane has decided to stay to try to give PSG its first Champions League title.
Madrid have beaten PSG in the Champions League this season, but not once again in the transfer market.
The failure to sign Spanish giants Mbappe was a significant blow to its president, Florentino Perez, who has been trying to move to the line for a year.
PSG have rejected Madrid’s official bid of 0 270 million – the same amount it signed for Mbabane from Monaco in 2017 – and even another reported amount of $ 300 million was not enough to sell its star with just one year left on its contract. Mbappe said he wanted to leave at the end of last season but only on the right terms for PSG.
Ownership of Qatar’s Sovereign Wealth Fund, a club affiliated with the Emir, allows PSG to resist bids that may be irresistible to clubs other than state funds.
Non-transfer reflects the dynamics of power in European football. Within 48 hours of April 2021, Perez was the architect of the European Super League split from the UEFA Champions League.
PSG has opted to join the founders of the 12 Super League, with its president Al-Khelaifi allowed to play one of the strongest roles in the game as head of the European Club Association.
Perez is still pursuing his Super League dream in a clash with UEFA.
Meanwhile, the president of the Spanish league Javier Tebas is angry.
“It is an insult to football that PSG is going to renew Mbappe with huge sums of money (who knows where and how they will pay them) after a salary loss of over 700 million euros and over 600 million euros in recent seasons.” He wrote on Twitter. “Al-Khalafi is as dangerous as the Super League.”
Mbappe, who played for France in the 2018 World Cup, would have been a statement signed by Perez – especially if he had removed Mbappe from a team that only emerged as a rival in the last decade through Qatari funding.
But the energy that has been expended following the transfer, and the optimism from Madrid, which is chasing its record-breaking 14th European Cup win, when it meets Liverpool in next Sunday’s UEFA Champions League final in Paris, has failed.
When Mbappe won the league’s best player award for the third time last Sunday, he said his mind was originally formed but did not say which way.
Tensions between the clubs became apparent when PSG were knocked out of Madrid in the 16 rounds of the Champions League in March – despite a 2-0 lead overall with two Mbabane goals – and Al-Khelaifi remained under UEFA investigation into allegations of match-fixing. After the loss.
Madrid failed again, trying to sign Mbappe after leaving Monaco in 2017 – and even earlier.
He visited the facilities in Madrid at the age of 14, and was greeted by the great Zinedine Zidane of France, but he decided to start his great career in Monaco instead.
Mbappe’s first professional goal came at the age of 17 years, 62 days, which broke the Monaco club record held by Thierry Henry.
Henry France’s record scorer 51. Mbappe is already on 26 and could overtake him as a PSG player.
He is the second highest scorer in the PSG with 171 and could surpass Edinson Cavani’s 200 next season.
In the home game that ended the season, he moved to his league-leading number 26, where he played with teammates Lionel Messi and Neymar.
The shiny attacking trio, who didn’t click as expected this season, will play together again next season.
However, Mbappe missed the chance to play for Madrid with French teammate Karim Benzema, which could be a devastating partnership and the envy of Europe. The last year they have been great together for Les Bleus and both netted when France won the League of Nations final.
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