Kylian Mbappe hits out at PSG over ‘flaws’ and ‘bad news’ over Lionel Messi exit, with French superstar explaining reasons behind rejection of new deal as it forces club to turn corner
Kylian Mbappe has launched a new offensive against his club PSG, pointing to their “shortcomings” and the departure of Lionel Messi as reasons for his decision not to extend his contract.
The French superstar announced this week that he has no plans to draft any new terms beyond 2024.
The development has put Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United and other top European sides on red alert, with PSG now stuck.
They’re desperate not to lose him for free next summer so they could be looking to cash in now, despite Mbappe’s statement that he’ll stay for another season.
The player himself spoke to the Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport on the situation.
Kylian Mbappe was pictured back in training for the France squad on Tuesday afternoon
The PSG striker laughed with head coach Didier Deschamps (left) during the session despite the storm swirling around his club’s future
He said: “For a player like me, the goal is to win everything. And we knew that at PSG there were shortcomings that sooner or later we would end up paying for.
“I didn’t say I wanted to be sold to Real Madrid or that I wanted to leave, only that I wouldn’t activate the option for the extra year.
“With PSG there was never any question of renewal. Messi left? Bad news now needs to be replaced.
On Tuesday, Mbappe responded online to a report that he wants to join Real, replying: ‘LIES. I have already said that I will continue at PSG where I am very happy.
But it seems the 24-year-old is unhappy with the way the club is run and has lamented the departure of Messi, who is joining Inter Miami.
He continued: “He’s one of the greatest players in football history. It’s never good news when someone like Messi leaves.
“I don’t quite understand why so many people were so relieved he was gone. He didn’t get the respect he deserved in France.
Despite Mbappe’s proclamation that he is happy and wants to stay for another year, the situation is clear, he will extend his contract or be sold.
Madrid is the club he dreamed of playing for as a child and remains the most realistic option.
Mbappe has revealed he won’t stay at PSG beyond the end of his contract in 2024
Mbappe is central to promoting PSG with Lionel Messi gone and Neymar likely to leave
The cost of such a transfer as well as FairPlay financial restrictions mean Chelsea and Manchester United, although both admirers, have said a move to them is ‘highly unlikely’ while Bayern Munich have also ruled themselves out. .
PSG are eager to reconnect with a disenchanted fan base who say the club no longer has a French identity. Lionel Messi is gone and they had planned to sell Neymar but the loss of French talisman Mbappe will be a blow to their ambitions.
His departure would bring Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford back to the center of the French champions’ concerns.
Mbappe appeared in high spirits on Tuesday as he trained with France despite the storm swirling around his future.
Real Madrid remain Mbappe’s most likely destination this summer if he leaves
But the drama of a transfer window is nothing new for him and Real will be wary of getting stung again.
Madrid won’t take the first step. They are still stung by missing it twice in the past two years.
But if Mbappe receives a magic number from PSG – the sum they will accept losing it – then he will bring it to Florentino Perez and if the fee is feasible for Real Madrid, bearing in mind that PSG will only be probably not open to being paid in instalments, they get the player they thought they would have to wait another year.
If the figure set is €200m (£171m), then for all that Madrid have promised not to give PSG a single euro for their player, it will be seriously considered.