PSG: behind the scenes of Mbapp's extension

PSG: behind the scenes of Mbapp’s extension

Kylian Mbapp has therefore decided to extend his contract with Paris Saint-Germain until June 2025. Back to the last hours of a soap opera that kept the whole football world in suspense.

PSG: behind the scenes of Mbapp's extension

Al-Khelafi and Mbapp have formalized the extension at the Park

The endless soap opera ended this Saturday. After months of suspense and rumours, Kylian Mbapp (23) finally extended his contract at Paris Saint-Germain until June 2025 and refused to join Real Madrid, his childhood dream.

PSG have caught up in the home straight

In this case, Real has long had the preference of the Parisian in recent months. About ten days ago, the Spanish club had also found the basis for an agreement with the Mbapp clan, without obtaining the final yes from the player. Because the latter has never hidden from the Madrid and Parisian leaders that he was negotiating with the two clubs with the aim of making his choice after having agreed on the outlines of a future contract.

Paris SG had to wait until Friday. During a meeting at the Parc des Princes with the Parisian management, the Habs gave an agreement in principle, says L’Equipe. A speech that could be summed up by “I want to stay if you keep your commitments” , explains the sports daily. At that time, it was not yet won for the champion of France, aware that the slightest grain of sand could derail the case. The discussions lasted until Saturday and it took the intervention of President Nasser Al-Khelafi to definitively lock Mbapp’s extension at the start of the afternoon.

Paris has found the right arguments

How did PSG manage to turn the situation around? In addition to undoubtedly convincing financial arguments, the Parisian staff made it clear to the Mbapp clan that it had heard the message about the dysfunctions of the club and the need to review its organization chart. This has already caused the departure of sporting director Leonardo, warned on Saturday evening that he was dismissed from his post (read the article here). Other changes are expected and coach Mauricio Pochettino should pay the price. In parallel with these departures, the workforce will also be reviewed in depth to refocus the project on the athlete and a little less on marketing.

Clearly, PSG has agreed to review its strategy to build a team based on a collective project, and to carry out the ambition of winning a first Champions League. This objective was also used in the arguments of the Parisian management: did Mbapp want to go to Real to continue to furnish the trophy cupboard of the White House? Or become the player who will offer a first C1 to PSG in order to leave an indelible imprint in the history of football?

Real fall from above

The arguments of Paris SG hit the mark. Once his decision was made, Mbapp called the president of Real Florentino Prez to personally announce his decision to stay in Paris. It had been several hours since the Merengue club had heard from the Mbapp clan and the Casa Blanca boss had already informed the locker room of his pessimism on Friday evening after the last La Liga match against Betis (0-0).

Mbapp’s call on Saturday was a huge blow for Real. The Madrid team, long persuaded to have closed the deal, had already planned the presentation of the player on June 13, according to information from Foot Mercato. His number was also reserved: the number 10 of Luka Modric, who had agreed to make this gift to the former Mongasque. The Croatian will finally be able to keep his number, to the chagrin of his leaders. Next season, it is with the PSG jersey that Mbapp will tread the lawns of France and Europe.

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