Kylian Mbappé, who extended Saturday at Paris-Saint-Germain (PSG) until 2025 at the end of a long soap opera, promised on Monday May 23 not to encroach on the sporting direction of the club, saying he did not want to go ” Beyond [sa] player function ».
“I remain a football player, anchored in a collective, I will not go beyond this function, I will not go beyond my function as a player”said the 23-year-old striker at a press conference alongside club president Nasser Al-Khelaïfi.
PSG bluntly dismissed its sporting director, Leonardo, overnight from Saturday to Sunday, a few hours after the announcement of the extension of Mbappé’s contract. The future of coach Mauricio Pochettino is more than uncertain; now the locker room superstar is no longer called ‘Leo’ (Messi) but indeed “Kyky”. Because if Kylian Mbappé chose to reject the advances of Real Madrid, at the risk of alienating a good part of Spain, it is certainly because he made sure that in Paris he would be good. “the cornerstone of the project”, a formula already accepted by Mr. Al-Khelaïfi. It remains to be seen, now, what this Doha promise really encompasses.
Paris keeps “the best player in the world”
Capital Player’s Choice “is a very strong sign, we keep the best player in the world”savored the leader at the start of the press conference, which aroused as much, if not more, curiosity than the spectacular arrival of Lionel Messi, presented with fanfare in the heart of summer 2021.
“Today is a great day for PSG, for our supporters in France and around the world: Kylian is staying at PSG for the next three seasons, it’s important for us and for Ligue 1.” is not the most important for Kylian, it’s the sportsman”assured Mr. Al-Khelaïfi. “For the money, other clubs, including yours [le Real Madrid]can pay him more than us”, continued the Parisian leader in response to a question from a Spanish journalist. However, he refused to specify the terms of Mbappé’s new contract, also coveted by the Madrid club, while fabulous figures are circulating.