Kylian Mbappe said he was “very happy” to stay at Paris Saint-Germain after the club president announced on Saturday that the World Cup winner has refused Real Madrid a stay in France until 2025.
“I’m very happy to stay in France, in Paris, in my city,” Mbappe told supporters on the Parc des Princes pitch before scoring his new contract with a hat-trick in PSG’s 5-0 win over Metz in the league final. 1 game of the season.
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Standing next to PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Mbappe said: “I hope I can continue doing what I love the most: winning football matches and winning trophies with all of you.”
Mbappe’s hat-trick on Saturday took his tally of league goals for the season to 28.
His decision ends months of speculation surrounding world football’s hottest property.
Real Madrid had been chasing Mbappe for months and reportedly reached a deal with him months ago for a transfer to Spain which reportedly included a signing fee of AU$225m.
But according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, Mbappe will receive a signing fee from PSG for a similar figure, with The Sun reporting that the French star will eventually pocket $898m.
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Mbappe had made no secret of his desire to one day play for Real, who face Liverpool in the Champions League final in Paris next weekend after securing a 35th Spanish title.
But PSG, who won the Ligue 1 title for a record tenth time but infuriated their die-hard fans with their limp exit to Real in the Champions League round of 16, fought to retain its greatest asset.
Spanish La Liga president Javier Tebas complained bitterly on Saturday that the massive financial resources of Qatari owners PSG had proved instrumental in persuading Mbappe to stay in France.
“What PSG are doing by renewing Mbappe with large sums of money… after recording losses of 700 million euros in recent seasons and having a wage bill of more than 600 million euros, is an INSULT towards football,” Tebas tweeted.
La Liga announced in a press release that it was launching an official complaint against the actions of PSG “with UEFA, the French administrative and tax authorities and the competent decision-making bodies of the European Union”.
“This type of deal attacks the economic sustainability of European football, putting hundreds of thousands of jobs and sporting integrity at risk – not only in European competitions, but also in domestic leagues,” the statement read.
“It’s scandalous a club like PSG, which last season recorded losses of more than 220 million euros, after having accumulated losses of more than 700 million euros in previous seasons (while declaring income sponsorship at a dubious valuation) with a cost of sports personnel of around 650 million euros for this 2021-22 season, can face an agreement of these characteristics while the clubs that could accept the arrival of the player without seeing their payroll compromised, find themselves unable to sign it.
In his tweet, Tebas also called Khelaifi a ‘danger to European football’. Mbappe will now line up next season alongside Neymar and likely Lionel Messi – if he stays at the club – to help PSG in their long quest to clinch the Champions League, the title that has so far eluded them. .
Real Madrid fans were puzzled after the high-profile decision collapsed.
“Now I don’t want him to come to Real Madrid anymore. It’s not worth it,” 42-year-old Real Madrid fan David Pulido told AFP.
“Mbappe has played on both fronts. First he wanted to come to Madrid, and now for the money he stays at PSG. I have no interest in Mbappe anymore, I’m sorry. He’s a great player. I used to love him sometimes, but not anymore.
Mbappe joined PSG on a season-long loan from Monaco in August 2017 which turned into a permanent deal worth €180m.
He helped the club win four Ligue 1 titles in five seasons. In this season’s Champions League exit against Real, Mbappe scored in both legs of the draw but couldn’t prevent PSG from losing 3-2 on aggregate.
He will be a key figure when France try to defend the World Cup in November and December.
Real Madrid supporters’ association president Luis Caceres told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope that “Real Madrid have won 13 Champions Leagues without Mbappe. We won’t miss him.