Mbappe Says He Never Discussed Extending Stay With PSG

On Tuesday, the future of Kylian Mbappe at Paris Saint-Germain was cast into significant doubt as the France superstar revealed to AFP that he had never considered extending his contract with the club beyond the following year.

Mbappe and his entourage released a statement the day after he confirmed in a letter to the club that he will not exercise an option to remain at the French champions until 2025. Mbappe's letter was issued the day after he and his entourage spoke out.

That immediately aroused the specter of the 24-year-old forward, one of the most sought-after players in world football, following Lionel Messi out of Parc des Princes this summer. This is because if Qatar-owned PSG do not cash in by selling him now, he might leave for nothing at the end of next season if they do not sell him before then.

Mbappe stated in a statement that he had told PSG "on July 15, 2022" of his intention not to activate an option to extend his contract, which is set to expire at the conclusion of the upcoming season, for an additional year "and the only aim of the letter was to confirm what had already been spoken about previously.

"Kylian Mbappe and his entourage have confirmed that this issue has not been discussed since the beginning of the year, with the exception of two weeks ago when they made the announcement that they would be writing the letter.

"No potential contract extension has been mentioned," it stated further.

Kylian Mbappe and his entourage have provided an explanation. "After maintaining publicly in recent weeks that he would be a PSG player next season, Kylian Mbappe has not asked to leave this summer and has just confirmed to the club that he would not be activating the extra year," they said.

The winner of the 2018 World Cup and those closest to him were quoted in the statement's conclusion as saying that they "regret that the letter was circulated in the media and that these exchanges were made public with the sole aim of damaging their image and the discussions with the club."

Mbappe's letter to PSG comes a year after the player extended his stay with the French champions by signing a new contract with the club and rejecting an offer from Real Madrid in the process.

PSG do not intend to let Mbappe leave for free, according to individuals who are familiar with the conversations, and they were startled that the letter was released.

Because the player has stated that he will depart when his current contract expires in 2024, Paris Saint-Germain runs the risk of losing a significant asset for free in the following year. As a result, they have the option to sell the player during the current transfer window, which will remain open until September 1.

The news that Mbappe will not be re-signing with PSG, which was first reported by the French sports newspaper L'Equipe, is a devastating blow.

It comes as they have been intending to make the striker the focal point of their squad after letting Messi to depart at the end of his own two-year deal. This news comes as they have been aiming to make the forward the focal point of their team.

Real would once more be in the driver's seat despite the fact that they were passed over for him a year ago.

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In light of the fact that reigning Ballon d'Or winner Karim Benzema has relocated to Saudi Arabia, they are looking for a new striker to take his place. Benzema had spent the previous 14 years of his career in Madrid.
Mbappe is now training with the France national team as they get ready for their next Euro 2024 qualifying matches against Greece and Gibraltar.

Mbappe, who was only recently named the new captain of France, appeared relaxed while training with his teammates at their camp in Paris on Monday. He smiled the entire time.

When he joined Paris Saint-Germain on loan from Monaco for the 2017–18 season in August, he was still a teenager at the time. He had recently helped the club from the principality win the title of Ligue 1 champions.

In the following year, the move was converted into a permanent transfer in a transaction worth 180 million euros ($195 million).

He was an integral part of France's triumph at the 2018 World Cup, and he has since established himself as probably the top forward on the international arena.

After scoring a hat trick in France's loss against Messi and Argentina in the final of the 2022 World Cup, Mbappe went on to assist PSG in winning a record 11th French championship.

He finished the previous season as the league's leading scorer with 29 goals, and he scored 41 goals overall in 43 appearances across all competitions.

The season was a disappointment for PSG, as they were eliminated from the Champions League by Bayern Munich in the round of 16, and they also failed to advance past the first round of the French Cup.

Messi had a falling out with the club after skipping training to go on an unauthorized trip to Saudi Arabia. As a result of PSG's consistently dismal results in the second half of the season, the club decided not to give fresh terms to Messi. Messi left the club.

Messi made the announcement that he will be moving to the MLS team Inter Miami last week.

In addition, Sergio Ramos was permitted to leave the club, and the future of Neymar, who is still under contract with the club until 2025, is uncertain because the club is believed to be interested in parting ways with the Brazilian player.

PSG is now focusing on bringing in new signings, and the Uruguayan midfielder Manuel Ugarte of Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon and the Spanish international Marco Asensio from Real Madrid are both anticipated to sign with the club in the near future.

In addition to this, it is anticipated that PSG will choose a new head coach to take over for Christophe Galtier.


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