“I have no news about Mbappe but if it is true, I will put pressure to keep him at PSG,” RMC Sport quoted French President Emmanuel Macron when asked about the possibility of Mbappe leave this summer.
The French president did not reveal what he would do to keep Mbappe. However, Mr. Macron’s statement showed Mbappe’s importance to football in particular and French sports in general.
Meanwhile, Le Parisien said Mbappe’s departure could cause Ligue 1’s television rights to plummet without stopping. This tournament lost much of its charm when Lionel Messi refused to extend his contract with the French champions.
In the summer of 2021, Real worked hard to negotiate to recruit Mbappe. The Bernabeu team spent up to 200 million euros just in exchange for a year’s contract of the 2018 World Cup champion but was still rejected.
By increasing wages and adding a series of perks, PSG also called for the intervention of the French president to convince Mbappe to stay at Parc des Princes. The effort of the capital team was successful when in May 2022, the player agreed to extend for two more seasons.
Just a year after signing a new contract, Mbappe is already thinking about leaving. The French striker’s plan is to stay at PSG until the summer of 2024 and then not activate the option to extend for another year to be allowed to leave as a free agent. However, PSG do not want to lose the 24-year-old star, so they are considering selling him at the summer market this year.
Tuan Nguyen | 05:05 15/06/2023