Few saw this turning point coming in the Kylian Mbappe transfer saga: it has now been confirmed that the striker will stay at Paris Saint-Germain on a three-year contract which will pay him handsomely. It’s a remarkable about-face from the tone of the reports, which for months gave the impression that Mbappe was almost certain to sign with Real Madrid, a club he grew up admiring.
The transfer market doesn’t stop for just one man, but it certainly seemed to revolve around just one in Mbappe’s case. His contract at PSG was due to expire this summer, making him a free agent. But for the past six months he has firmly maintained that no agreement has been reached with any club.
𝐎𝐮𝐫 𝐡𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐧 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞
𝐈𝐜𝐢 𝐜’𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐬
— Paris Saint Germain (@PSG_English) May 21, 2022
Still, rumors persisted that the 23-year-old would leave the French capital and head to another giant club in Spain. It became apparent that there were only two competitors for his signature.
And just days before PSG’s final Ligue 1 game of the year, news has leaked that Mbappe will officially announce his next destination before joining the France squad for the June internationals.
It was only a matter of time before the move found its way into the media, and PSG themselves made the announcement shortly before 8pm local time on Saturday.
Florentino was informed by Kylian himself of his decision to stay in Paris
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) May 21, 2022
Mbappe contract details and salary
The new contract with PSG will last for three seasons until the end of the 2025 campaign when Mbappe turns 26.
According to Sky, PSG’s offer exceeds the terms of the deal with Real Madrid, which included a signing bonus of £110m ($137m) and £20m ($25m) net annual salary. Sky says PSG’s signing bonus will also be in the region of £100m ($125m) with a monthly salary (£4m/$5m) that doubles his current salary at PSG .
Kylian Mbappé will sign a three-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain, the contract will be valid until 2025. It was approved in the morning. 📑🤝 #Mbappe
— Fabrice Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 21, 2022
The turn of events has left La Liga scrambling after months of hype from league president Javier Tebas teasing the potential arrival to his league of Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe, arguably both gaming’s most wanted rising superstars.
After Haaland and Mbappe both snubbed La Liga – Haaland opted to join Manchester City in the Premier League – Tebas reacted in outrage. the La Liga president posted a tweet who calls the owners of PSG “as dangerous as the Super League”, an apparent reference to the failure of the attempt to establish a separatist competition for Europe’s elite in 2021 – one fully supported by Madrid.
Here is the full translation of his tweet from Spanish. Turns out it wasn’t just bluster.
President of La Liga @TebasJavier on Mbappé’s deal: ‘What PSG is doing by renewing Mbappé with a big sum after losing 700 million euros in recent seasons and having more than 600 million euros in wages, is an insult to football’ . 🚨⚪️ #Mbappe
“They are as dangerous as the Super League”.
— Fabrice Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 21, 2022
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 21, 2022
What action is LaLiga taking to prevent Mbappe from joining Real Madrid?
Around the time PSG announced Mbappe’s renewal, La Liga released a statement confirming their intention to take legal action against the French champions over what the league described as a ‘scandalous’ new contract. which “attacks the economic integrity of sport”.
“LaLiga will file a complaint against PSG before UEFA, the French administrative and tax authorities and the authorities of the European Union to continue to defend the economic ecosystem of European football and its sustainability,” the statement said.
Before a complaint has even reached or reached such a place of legal crescendo, it amounts to remarkable and unprecedented demagogy on the part of the club which housed the galactics project at the turn of the century. Madrid have since often paid top dollar for superstar signings and rewarded them with lavish salaries.
“On Kylian Mbappe’s possible announcement to stay at Paris Saint-Germain, LaLiga would like to point out that this type of agreement undermines the economic stability of European football, putting hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk and the integrity of sport, not just in European competitions but also in domestic leagues,” the statement began.
“It is outrageous that a club like PSG, which last season recorded losses of more than 220 million euros after racking up losses of more than 700 million euros in previous seasons (while stating sponsorship income at a dubious valuation), with a team cost of around 650 million for this season, can conclude such an agreement, when these clubs could afford to hire the player without seeing their wage bill compromised, find themselves unable to sign it.
La Liga issue a statement saying it’s ‘outrageous’ that Mbappe is staying at PSG. Never seen this reaction before from a league to a failed signing pic.twitter.com/9HQRYfYz42
— Martyn Ziegler (@martynziegler) May 21, 2022
The statement added: “This behavior demonstrates once again that public clubs do not respect and do not want to respect the rules of such an important sector as football. These rules are essential to protect and maintain hundreds of thousands of jobs.
“This kind of behavior led by [Nasser] Al-Khelaifi, President of PSG, Member of the Executive Committee of UEFA and President of ECA [the European Club Association]endangers European football in the same way as the European Super League.
Oh, there it is. The Super League. It’s worth remembering that Madrid supremo Florentino Perez remains a supporter of the controversial breakup plan. Don’t be surprised to see him using the Mbappe episode – especially if UEFA decide in favor of PSG – as apparent proof that the current model is unsustainable.
Tebas has long been a vocal critic of PSG and Manchester City ownership, but has also spoken out strongly against the Super League. So it’s interesting to see his organization effectively bidding Madrid here, not to mention how other clubs in Spain’s top flight might view such action being taken on behalf of one of their rivals. more powerful.
How powerful will Mbappe be? Zidane and Luis Campos at PSG?
The news also encouraged leaks of potential changes to PSG following Mbappe’s long stay.
Initial reports provided by ESPNFC’s Julien Laurens indicate that head coach Mauricio Pochettino and sporting director Leonardo will be on the way out, with French great Zinedine Zidane and Luis Campos taking their place.
Zidane has established a reputation as a player coach during his Champions League-winning seasons at Real Madrid, and it seems natural for the two World Cup winners to join forces.
Luis Campos was Mbappe’s sporting director at AS Monaco, forming a relationship with the player. Reports have long indicated that Mbappe and Leonardo weren’t on the best of terms.
Sky Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio told Sky Sports News that Mbappe could have ‘more power in the group… the possibility of being captain, probably to say something about the future of the coach , the future of the sporting director”.
Di Marzio added: “He doesn’t feel good with Leonardo, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Leonardo leaves PSG in the next few days.”
Neymar absent at PSG? Dembélé, Pogba and Tchouameni then?
But the reports aren’t just limited to the front office and the bench.
Speculation has indicated that Mbappe has asked the club for his 25-year-old compatriot Ousmane Dembele, in addition to two other French stars: future free agent Paul Pogba and 22-year-old Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni.
It’s no exaggeration to believe that the player could wield more influence in the team considering his contract and his worldwide stardom. PSG may have gone out of their way to appease the player to ensure he stays with his hometown club.
According to Andres Onrubia Ramos, Spanish football journalistPSG will have to make several moves to clear the salary in order to adapt Mbappe’s salary to next season’s budget.
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Has Kylian Mbappé changed his mind?
It could very well be that Mbappe is genuinely torn between the two camps. But if this was not the case, and he still leaned towards PSG, the player’s camp played the public negotiation masterfully.
For months, reports of a move to Real Madrid seem almost a given. Transfer pundits at all levels had Los Blancos as the undisputed favorites to land his signature.
According to Fabrizio Romano, his Madrid sources were ‘more than confident’ that a deal could be struck, and personal terms were said to have been agreed. But there was still a hint of uncertainty projected by the player’s camp in response to these reports. Many thought it was just a public attitude.
Key hours in front of Kylian Mbappé, he is back from Qatar for a final meeting with his family and his entire camp. Real Madrid are waiting for the final stages, more than confident – still no official communication to PSG. ⭐️🇫🇷 #Mbappe
Real Madrid’s contract has been ready for months. pic.twitter.com/ctofGMJH0I
— Fabrice Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 17, 2022
Fans should have probably gotten a hint about the possibility of a U-turn after a report in early May suggested Mbappe would stay in Paris with a gargantuan contract.
But that was almost immediately dismissed by Mbappe’s representatives who continued to insist that no deal had been reached on either side.
He has now.