Reports suggest Paris Saint-Germain are hopeful Mbappe will trigger a contract extension.
French soccer star Kylian Mbappe has said he will leave the Ligue 1 champions when his contract with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) expires next year, French sports newspaper L’Equipe and international media outlets have reported.
According to reports on Monday, Mbappe left the PSG ranks shocked by the decision not to take up the option of a 12-month extension to his contract, which he presented in an official letter, and follows Lionel Messi’s recent announcement of a major move away from PSG. League Soccer (MLS) team Inter Miami in the United States.
PSG must now consider whether to sell the 24-year-old forward – who scored a hat-trick in Argentina’s 2022 World Cup final loss to France – or see him leave the club for nothing. His current contract ends in June 2024, according to news reports.
Reports in France said that PSG are hopeful of extending Mbappe’s contract.
Mbappe was in a similar situation last year when he was linked with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid, only for PSG to extend his contract.
Real Madrid could now step up their interest in Mbappe as they look to bolster their forward line following veteran Karim Benzema’s move to Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ittihad.
There is also uncertainty about the future of Brazil’s Neymar, another star of PSG.
But Mbappe’s apparent departure would be the biggest loss for PSG, as he is a national icon in France and widely regarded as one of the few players capable of taking over from Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as football’s biggest stars.
Mbappe had hoped to help PSG win its first Champions League title but the team suffered another disappointment in European football’s top competition, with Manchester City beating Inter Milan 1-0 in the final on Saturday.
Mbappe won five French league titles for PSG and was a World Cup winner with France in 2018.