With it being long reported that French international, and current Paris Saint-Germain striker, Kylian Mbappe, had provisionally agreed terms on a new contract with Real Madrid that would come into play at the end of the domestic 2021/22 campaign – eyebrows across the world of football were raised when the 23-year-old talent announced that he would be staying with the French giants, and had committed to and signed, a new three year deal with the Parc des Princes side.
When the news broke about what many consider to be Mbappe’s massive u-turn with the decision, plenty were reminded about Spanish football expert Guillem Balague’s claims last month that PSG were prepared to offer the Frenchman a mind blowing 150m Euro signing on fee to commit to the club for an additional 24 months – so the three year deal surprised many and led to plenty of further financial speculation given Real’s own speculated offer was also extremely lucrative.
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A delighted Mbappe explained.
“I am convinced that here I can continue to grow within a club that gives itself all the means to perform at the highest level. I am also very happy to be able to continue playing in France, the country where I was born, grew up and flourished.”
After the shambles that became the European Super League idea a few months ago, the reaction in Spain to the news of the u-turn was entirely predictable wherein a La Liga statement read.
“This type of agreement threatens the economic sustainability of European football. (It put) hundreds of thousands of jobs and sporting integrity at risk in the medium term, not only from European competitions, but also from our domestic leagues.”
In a social media post, Javier Tebas, president of Spain’s La Liga, was even more forthright in his criticism of the deal – again referencing the many reported claims about PSG’s compliance with Financial Fair Play rules.
“What PSG is going to do by renewing Mbappe with large amounts of money after losing 700m euros in recent seasons and having more than 600m euros in wages, is an INSULT to football.”
The arrival of the 2018 World Cup winner at Santiango Bernabeu would have been a massive coup for Los Blancos president Florentino Perez, but this news just coming shortly ahead of the week before the 2022 Champions League Final clash with Liverpool will undoubtedly knock the club and there are plenty within the wider world of football who will be questioning whether or not the Qatar link between PSG given the upcoming World Cup was a meaningful marker in his final decision to stay in Paris as Balague himself recently commented.
“The link between this year’s Qatar World Cup and the Qatari owners of PSG is a clear one. The pressure from Qatar has gone to the political authorities in France and even French president Emmanuel Macron got involved in putting pressure on Mbappe to stay. Not so long ago I was getting very clear indications from the PSG entourage that nothing could change his mind about leaving. Even when there was talk of one of his idols, Zinedine Zidane, coming in as manager, it was said that would not be enough to convince him to remain in Paris. But all those impressions changed over the past few weeks and the PSG players started to think he was staying.”
Whatever the future fallout from this proves to be, Madrid must keep all their attention on next weekend’s showpiece final as losing this game to a wounded Liverpool after their narrow title miss, will only inflame their passionate fanbase further.
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