In May 2022, Mbappe beamed with a shirt with the number “2025”, implying that he would stick with the Paris team for 3 more seasons. It was a great success for the PSG leadership when it surpassed Real Madrid to retain the world’s top striker at the moment.
No one thought that the worst scenario would happen to PSG just a year later. The team continued to receive bitter fruit in the Champions League when they were eliminated in the round of 16. Lionel Messi leaves, and the Paris capital club is in danger of having to sell Mbappe right this summer. The old scenario repeats itself, but this time Mbappe handled it wisely and pushed PSG into a difficult position.
Mbappe is too clever
The French striker once again caused the PSG leadership to struggle when he did not activate the contract extension clause until the summer of 2025. The Paris team only had two options to choose from: sell Mbappe right this summer or lose it. white in summer 2024.
A day after the above information was leaked, Mbappe immediately spoke out. The 24-year-old striker also confirmed his love for PSG and wanted to stick with the Ligue 1 club for another year.
“All lies. I said that I would continue to stay at PSG next season, where I feel very happy,” Mbappe wrote on his personal page on June 13.
The move that seemed to ease tensions was like a challenge to PSG that Mbappe would leave on a free transfer in the summer of 2024. Before that, the 2018 World Cup champion seemed to disrespect PSG when The application was sent to the governing team, but it said July 2022. This means Mbappe and his agent were preparing to leave the team in the middle of last year, just months after signing a new contract.
The French striker shows that he is the master of the game, not the leader of PSG. PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi feels betrayed by Mbappe. The generous income or the privileges given to the French striker are not strong enough to keep Mbappe in for a long time.
“When Mbappe announced the above, he no longer believed in PSG’s plans,” commented journalist Daniel Riolo of RMC Sport. “The above move is like a declaration of war by Mbappe against PSG. If I were the leader of PSG, Mbappe would be sold right this summer.”
Of course, Mbappe’s departure will be the biggest shock this summer for the PSG leadership. The heads of the Paris capital club are ready to let Messi leave and build a play around Mbappe. Even Neymar can say goodbye to PSG. From having three of the world’s top attacking stars, PSG is in danger of no longer owning anyone before the 2023/24 season kicks off.
The plan went wrong from the start
Consecutive failures in the European arena forced PSG to change strategy. The team wants to build a unified team, not individual stars in each position. In this plan, Mbappe is required to become the leader of PSG.
Instead of bringing in cult superstars, PSG focuses on investing in young players. Warren Zaire-Emery, who became the youngest player to score for PSG in the Champions League (16 years 331 days) and 17-year-old defender El Chadaille Bitshiabu are potential faces that PSG are focusing on developing. Similar are Ethan, Mbappe’s younger brother, with Ismael Gharbi, Ilyes Housni or Noha Lemina.
The PSG leadership is not pleased to see the most potential local players like Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Ferland Mendy or formerly Karim Benzema join Real Madrid. The failures over the years made PSG realize they are not a united and identifiable group.
Legendary Thierry Henry urged the PSG leadership to focus on investing in local young players: “Let’s bring our young players to PSG. Most young people in France love PSG.”
In addition, PSG is in the sights of UEFA because of violations related to the Financial Fair Play Law. The Paris capital club no longer enjoys shopping as before, but has to carefully calculate the down time. This is also part of the reason why PSG are not aggressive when pursuing Jude Bellingham.
In the coaching chair, Julian Nagelsmann is a good candidate to replace Christophe Galtier. The German strategist impresses at RB Leipzig in his adaptability and does not require many stars in the team.
PSG must quickly make a decision with Mbappe. If you want to show your authority to the star players, this is the right time. PSG will have more transfer budget when liquidating Mbappe and focusing on stabilizing the squad before the new season.
Duy Luan | 17:55 06/15/2023