The contract saga surrounding Kylian Mbappé at Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) has reached a critical point as his ultimatum to renew his contract has expired. With the French striker still adamant about completing the final year of his current deal, tensions are rising between Mbappé and the club.
Mbappé’s return to training on Monday after enjoying a month-long vacation marks a pivotal moment for both the player and PSG. Despite formally expressing his desire not to renew his contract until 2025 on June 12, the club’s various attempts to persuade him have been met with little response. Mbappé is resolute in his decision to see out his contract, which would entitle him to an 80 million euro loyalty bonus, with 40 million euros due on July 31, that PSG must pay.
PSG president, Nasser Al Khelaïfi, made it clear on July 5 that the consequences were clear if Mbappé did not renew his contract. Speaking during Luis Enrique’s presentation as the new PSG coach, Al Khelaïfi issued an ultimatum to Mbappé. Minutes later, in an interview with Le Parisien, Al Khelaïfi acknowledged that the forward “should decide within a maximum of ten days.” However, as of July 16, the ultimatum has expired without any resolution.
The upcoming week promises to bring more turbulence to Paris. On Monday, Mbappé will undergo physical tests with the rest of the internationals before training for the first time on Tuesday at PSG’s new sports city in Poissy. According to L’Équipe, Nasser Al Khelaïfi will be present at Tuesday’s session at 4 pm, and it would not be surprising, as the newspaper emphasizes, for him to engage in talks with the player to find a solution to his future.
Mbappé is not deviating from the roadmap he outlined last month. Despite his unwillingness to renew, the French national team captain intends to remain at PSG until 2024. He will not force a transfer nor declare himself in rebellion, as doing so would forfeit the 80 million euro loyalty bonus. In recent weeks, according to L’Équipe, Mbappé’s closest circle and the player himself have engaged in discussions with Al Khelaïfi, who has expressed concern about the situation.
Unless anything changes in the interim, Kylian Mbappé is expected to join PSG’s expedition to Japan next Saturday for their preseason tour in Asia. Qatar and Al Khelaïfi share the same stance publicly: if there is no willingness to renew, the club will show him the exit door. However, Mbappé holds the upper hand with one year remaining on his contract and no obligation to leave.
Meanwhile, RMC Sport questions whether PSG would even contemplate benching their star player to exert further pressure on him. Qatar will likely take a stronger stance this week, as the transfer market remains “blocked” until Mbappé’s future is settled. Doha wants a definitive answer, while the talented player from Bondy insists on honoring the contract he signed in May 2022.
This ongoing contract impasse is not only capturing the attention of PSG fans and football enthusiasts worldwide but also raising discussions in the broader sports community. Mbappé’s situation and his decision regarding his contract will undoubtedly have significant implications for both PSG’s future planning and his personal career. As the days unfold, the football world eagerly awaits the resolution of this high-stakes standoff.