PSG has informed Kylian Mbappe that his teammates will need to be sold if he decides to leave on a free transfer next season. Mbappe informed PSG in a letter last month that he had no intention of extending his deal, which expires in 2024. As a result, he might leave the club for free next summer, a scenario that Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the club president, is keen to prevent. Later, the France striker made it clear that he had not requested permission to go to Real Madrid, the Spanish powerhouses who had previously attempted and failed to sign the World Cup champion. He has been given until July 31 to decide whether he will continue at PSG through at least the summer of 2025; if he does not, he will be sold to the highest bidder the following month.
Privately, PSG is aware that they cannot compel Mbappe to sign a contract extension or to depart this summer against his will. Mbappe’s contract expires next summer, but PSG had anticipated that he would take advantage of the option to extend it by one year, till the conclusion of the 2045–25 season. Mbappe informed PSG last month that he will not be renewing his contract through the summer of 2019, which would allow him to sign with Real Madrid on a free transfer in July. It has been made plain to the player and his representation that he must commit to an additional year or depart next month. PSG finds that to be wholly unacceptable.
“My stance is quite clear. I won’t say it again, but we want Kylian to stay if that’s what he wants to do. However, he must consent to a new contract,” PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi said about the Kylian Mbappe situation. “The finest player in the world shouldn’t be lost for nothing. No, we can’t. This club is French. He vowed to never depart for anything. It’s not my responsibility if he chooses to think otherwise today. It’s obvious that we don’t want to lose the best player in the world for nothing.”
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