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Mbappé signs a new 3-year deal with PSG after turning down Real Madrid

PARIS (AP) -- Kylian Mbappé celebrated with fans at the Parc des Princes after signing a new three-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday and yet again turning down a chance to join Real Madrid. France's world champion star stood on a platform near the center circle to address the fans just before PSG's last home game against Metz. “I am very happy to continue this adventure and to stay in France, in Paris, my city. (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridPARIS (AP) -- Kylian Mbappé celebrated with fans at the Parc des Princes after signing a new three-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday and yet again turning down a chance to join Real Madrid. France's world champion star stood on a platform near the center circle to address the fans just before PSG's last home game against Metz. “I am very happy to continue this adventure and to stay in France, in Paris, my city. PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi, left, talks to PSG's Kylian Mbappe, who holds a jersey with his name and 2025 on it, as it was announced he had signed a three-year contract extension on the pitch ahead of the French League One soccer match in Paris Saint Germain and Metz at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Saturday May 21, 2022. Mbappe then held up a PSG shirt that read 2025 as he stood next to President Nasser Al-Khelaifi who had just announced the new Business. Kylian Mbappe will stay until 2025," Al-Khelaifi said, barely heard as fans kept chanting Mbappe's name. PSG's Kylian Mbappe waves a shirt to the crowd after it was announced he has extended his contract by three years to stay at the club ahead of the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Metz at the Parc des Princes stadium Paris, France, Saturday 21st May 2022. PSG's Kylian Mbappe waves a shirt to the crowd after it was announced he has extended his contract by three years to stay at the club ahead of the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Metz at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Saturday May 21, 2022. One of football's most sought-after players, PSG's contract expired in June and Mbappé would have been available on a free transfer. But instead of joining 13-time European champions Madrid, who have haunted him for so long, Mbappé chose to stay to try and give PSG their maiden Champions League title. Madrid managed to beat PSG in the Champions League this season, but again not on the transfer market. The Spanish giants' failure to sign Mbappé was a major blow to its president Florentino Pérez, who has been trying to get the transfer through the line for a year. PSG's Kylian Mbappe smiles as he takes part in the warm-up prior to the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Metz at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, on Saturday May 21, 2022. PSG rejected Madrid's official offer of 180 million euros ($190 million) - the same amount Mbappé was signed from Monaco for in 2017 - and even another reported amount of 200 million euros ($211 million) was not enough out to sell his star even though he only had one year left on his contract. Mbappé said he wanted to leave PSG at the end of last season but only on the right terms. PSG's Kylian Mbappe takes part in the warm-up prior to the French League 1 soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Metz at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, on Saturday 21 May 2022. A person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press Kylian Mbappé has signed a new three-year deal to remain at Paris Saint-Germain after one of football's most desirable players once again turned down a chance to join Real Madrid. A person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press that Kylian Mbappé has signed a new three-year deal to remain at Paris Saint-Germain after one of football's most desirable players once again turned down a chance to join Real Madrid. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler) (AP Photo/Michel Spingler) (AP Photo/Michel Spingler) (AP Photo/Michel Spingler) (AP Photo/Michel Spingler) Pérez was one of the architects of the European Super League Champions League split off from UEFA , which imploded within 48 hours in April 2021. Real Madrid's Karim Benzema reacts after missing a chance during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, on Friday, May 20, 2022. ( AP Photo/Jose Breton) PSG refrained from joining the 12 founders of the Super League, allowing its president Al-Khelaifi to take on one of the most powerful roles in the game as head of the European Club Association. Pérez is still pursuing his Super League dream amidst a clash with UEFA. "It is an insult to football that PSG will renew Mbappé with huge sums of money (who knows where and how they will pay them) after losses of €700m in recent seasons and more than €600m in salaries," wrote He tweeted: Mbappé, who played for France at the 2018 World Cup, would have made a statement had he signed for Pérez - especially if he had lured Mbappé away from a team that only emerged as a rival in the last decade thanks to its Qatari funding But the energy put into the transfer and the optimism of Madrid, who are chasing their record-breaking 14th European Cup win in next Saturday's Champions League final in Paris, clearly fizzled out when PSG reached the round of 16 in March Madrid was eliminated from the Champions League - despite leading 2-0 in aggregate with two goals from Mbappé - and continued against Al-Khelaifi in investigations by UEFA into alleged confrontation with match officials err the loss. Madrid are being stalled again after trying to sign Mbappé after he left Monaco in 2017 - and even before that. Mbappé's first professional goal came at the age of 17 years and 62 days, beating Monaco's club record held by Thierry Henry. Mbappé is already up to 26 and could well overtake him as a PSG player. He later looked to add to his 25-place lead alongside team-mates Lionel Messi and Neymar in Saturday's season-ending home game against Metz. However, Mbappé misses a chance to play for Madrid alongside French team-mate Karim Benzema in what would have been a devastating partnership and the envy of Europe. They scored together for Les Bleus last year, both scoring as France won the Nations League final.

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How are Florentino Perez and Real Madrid recovering from the blow?

With Kylian Mbappe signing a new contract with PSG, Real Madrid need to find a new Galactico to build their future around (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridThe mood in the Spanish capital surrounding Kylian Mbappe's promised move to Real Madrid has changed quite abruptly in recent days. For months, sources from the club hierarchy were confident that Mbappe would join the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu this summer. Madrid were thwarted last summer when Paris Saint-Germain refused to back the idea of ​​selling the France international, even after Madrid offered €180m for a player with just 12 months left on his contract. The message at the Bernabeu at the time was that Mbappe had been 'kidnapped' and forced to stay in Paris against his will. This was more or less confirmed by the player himself, who admitted back in October that he had told PSG he wanted to join the Spanish giants. Nothing that happened during the 2021-22 campaign has tarnished that belief in Madrid. The Champions League Round of 16 between the two clubs also worked perfectly. Mbappe showed what an impressive individual talent he was, but Madrid's history and tradition (or more specifically, the experience of Luka Modric, Karim Benzema and co.) helped Carlo Ancelotti's team stage a stunning 'Remontada' comeback at the Bernabeu. PSG's angry reaction to that night's defeat, personified by President Nasser Al-Khelaifi confronting the referee in his dressing room after the game, also showed their club's superiority from a Madrid perspective. During this period, Mbappe kept saying he would make his decision at the end of the campaign. They'd had a firm agreement on personal terms since last summer and they weren't told anything to make them believe it wouldn't be honored when his PSG contract ended on June 1. Madrid's players were all expecting Mbappe to join them and sources agree inside the PSG dressing room, telling The Athletic that expectations are similar at the Paris end. Whenever he was asked in public, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez smiled knowingly and said that everything would be revealed at the end of the season. During the celebrations after Madrid's La Liga title win on April 30, he was asked if fans were happy to see Mbappe coming. That confidence seemed justified when Mbappe had a very public lunch in Madrid on May 9 with PSG's large ex-Madrid contingent consisting of Sergio Ramos, Keylor Navas and his close friend Achraf Hakimi. Mbappe was also known to be visiting Doha around this time, but that was seen as the last commercial commitment for his current employers, no need to worry. In the French capital, it was noted that those who tried to persuade Mbappe to stay in Paris even included the country's President Emmanuel Macron. The Emir of Qatar also made a personal effort to ensure that “his” club retained what was perhaps the most likely dominating player at next winter's World Cup in his country. As late as the middle of last week, Madrid were confident of having the player's word even if nothing had been signed, but on Friday sources close to the Bernabeu hierarchy sounded increasingly uncertain. "No one knows what Mbappe will do," said one. At the same time, confidence grew in Paris that PSG had managed to persuade Mbappe to stay. The feeling at the stadium during Friday night's final La Liga game, a goalless draw against Copa del Rey winners Real Betis, was that Madrid were no longer favorites for the player's signature. Agreeing a new three-year deal with PSG will be a huge blow to Perez, who for almost three years has based his club's entire transfer policy on securing Mbappe. The Frenchman has long been seen as the next 'galacco' who could attract legions of new fans and sponsors to the lavishly renovated Bernabeu Stadium for a decade. Madrid have long-standing interest in the striker - they had also tried to sign him when he left Monaco for PSG in 2017 but the disappointment of missing him will be far greater this time. Every decision made in recent seasons, from selling Martin Odegaard to forgoing Erling Haaland, was based on financially preparing for a huge outlay for the one player Perez really wanted and the man from whom had been repeatedly told to all madridistas was sure to come. Real Madrid have always accepted that they can never compete with PSG's Qatari owners when it's all about money. Instead, they stuck to an agreement they said already exists, although they caved in somewhat by allowing Mbappe to keep more of the "image rights" revenue, which they usually insist they share equally must be shared with the club. Madrid based their game on feelings, knowing that Mbappe was a childhood Los Blancos fan who had Madrid-era Cristiano Ronaldo posters on his bedroom wall as a kid. The decision also comes at a particularly awkward moment, with Madrid preparing for next weekend's Champions League final against Liverpool in Paris of all places. That visit would have been a snag anyway, considering the aborted Super League project has resulted in a broken relationship with UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, with whom Al-Khelaifi is so closely linked. Perez would have loved to have known with everyone that he won the Mbappe battle but now they are traveling after losing dramatically. Madrid coach Ancelotti had been very careful not to interfere in Mbappe's sidelines. In his second tenure at the club, the shrewd Italian is well aware that the president dictates transfer policy. So Ancelotti focused on the not inconsiderable challenge of leading the team to the La Liga title and Champions League final. Ancelotti and the players are unlikely to be distracted during their preparation for Saturday's game against Liverpool at the Stade de France. Win or lose this final, Madrid have a statement to make in this summer's transfer window. It's not at all immediately clear who that could be as Madrid haven't worked out a plan B. It will be particularly interesting to see how the Bernabeu hierarchy react to being rebuffed so publicly by Mbappe for the second time. The composed character always gives the impression of being in control of his own career and destiny and will likely feel confident that he can still join Madrid at a later stage should he so wish. Now that's little consolation for Los Blancos fans all the way up to the president. For years, Perez has been obsessed with signing the player he believed would be a perfect fit for Madrid.

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Mbappé is reportedly set to stay at PSG after turning down Real Madrid

One of football's most desirable players, Kylian Mbappé will remain at Paris Saint-Germain after once again turning down the chance to join Real Madrid. (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridOne of football's most desirable players, Kylian Mbappé will remain at Paris Saint-Germain after once again turning down the chance to join Real Madrid. One of football's most desirable players, Kylian Mbappé will remain at Paris Saint-Germain after once again turning down the chance to join Real Madrid. France's World Cup-winning striker has agreed to a three-year contract extension that is close to being signed, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. France's World Cup-winning striker has agreed to a three-year contract extension that is close to being signed, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. 23-year-old Mbappé's contract expires in June and he would have been available on a free transfer. Rather than join 13-time European champions Madrid who have haunted him for so long, Mbappé remains to try and give PSG their maiden Champions League title. Madrid managed to beat PSG in the Champions League this season, but again not on the transfer market. The Spanish giants' failure to sign Mbappé comes as a blow to its president, Florentino Pérez, who has been trying to get the transfer through the line for a year. PSG rejected Madrid's official offer of 180 million euros ($190 million) - the same amount Mbappé was signed by Monaco for in 2017 - and even another reported amount of 200 million euros ($211 million) was enough not out to sell his star, even though he had only one year left on his contract. Mbappé said he wanted to leave PSG at the end of last season but only on the right terms. Pérez was one of the architects of the European Super League's spin-off from the UEFA Champions League, which imploded within 48 hours in April 2021. PSG refrained from joining the 12 founders of the Super League, allowing its president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, to gain one of the most powerful roles in the game as head of the European Club Association. Pérez is still pursuing his Super League dream amidst a clash with UEFA. Mbappé, who played for France at the 2018 World Cup, would have been a statement for Pérez - especially if he had lured Mbappé away from a team that only emerged as rivals over the past decade thanks to its funding from Qatar. But the energy expended to press ahead with the transfer and the optimism of Madrid chasing their record-breaking 14th European Cup win when they meet Liverpool in next Saturday's Champions League final in Paris has been dashed. Tensions between the clubs were evident when PSG were knocked out of the Champions League by Madrid in the round of 16 in March - despite leading 2-0 on aggregate with two Mbappé goals - and Al-Khelaifi over alleged confrontations with match officials continued by UEFA is investigating after the loss. Madrid are being stalled again after trying to sign Mbappé after he left Monaco in 2017 - and even before that. Mbappé's first professional goal came at the age of 17 years and 62 days, beating Monaco's club record held by Thierry Henry. Henry is France's record goalscorer with 51 goals. Mbappé is already up to 26 and could well overtake him as a PSG player. He is PSG's second-highest goalscorer with 168 goals and could surpass Edinson Cavani's record of 200 next season. He later looked to add to his 25-year league lead alongside teammates Lionel Messi - the record seven-time Ballon d'Or winner - and Neymar in Saturday's season-ending home game against the ailing Metz at the Parc des Princes. However, Mbappé misses a chance to play for Madrid alongside French team-mate Karim Benzema in what would have been a devastating partnership and the envy of Europe. They scored together for Les Bleus last year, both scoring as France won the Nations League final.

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Mbappé stays at PSG after rejecting Real Madrid

The France forward has agreed to a three-year contract extension that is close to being signed, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to publicly discuss the deal talks. 23-year-old Mbappé's contract expires in June and... (Author: Gardener)

MbappéPSG's Kylian Mbappe warms up prior to the start of the French League 1 soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Troyes at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Sunday May 8, 2022. PARIS (AP) - Kylian Mbappé will stay at Paris Saint-Germain after once again turning down a chance to join Real Madrid. The France forward has agreed to a three-year contract extension that is close to being signed, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. 23-year-old Mbappé's contract expires in June and he would have been available on a free transfer. Rather than join 13-time European champions Madrid who have haunted him for so long, Mbappé remains to try and give PSG their maiden Champions League title. Madrid managed to beat PSG in the Champions League this season, but again not on the transfer market. The Spanish giants' failure to sign Mbappé comes as a blow to its president, Florentino Pérez, who has been trying to get the transfer through the line for a year. PSG rejected Madrid's official offer of 180 million euros ($190 million) - the same amount Mbappé was signed by Monaco for in 2017 - and even another reported amount of 200 million euros ($211 million) was enough not out to sell his star, even though he had only one year left on his contract. Mbappé said he wanted to leave PSG at the end of last season but only on the right terms. Pérez was one of the architects of the European Super League's spin-off from the UEFA Champions League, which imploded within 48 hours in April 2021. PSG refrained from joining the 12 founders of the Super League, allowing its president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, to gain one of the most powerful roles in the game as head of the European Club Association. Pérez is still pursuing his Super League dream amidst a clash with UEFA. But the energy expended to press ahead with the transfer and the optimism of Madrid chasing their record-breaking 14th European Cup win when they meet Liverpool in next Saturday's Champions League final in Paris has been dashed. Tensions between the clubs were evident when PSG were knocked out of the Champions League by Madrid in March - despite leading 2-0 in aggregate with two goals from Mbappé - and Al-Khelaifi over alleged confrontations with match officials continued by UEFA is investigating after the loss. Madrid are being stalled again after trying to sign Mbappé after he left Monaco in 2017 - and even before that. Mbappé's first professional goal came at the age of 17 years and 62 days, beating Monaco's club record held by Thierry Henry. Mbappé is already up to 26 and could well overtake him as a PSG player. He is PSG's second-highest goalscorer with 168 goals and could surpass Edinson Cavani's record of 200 next season. However, Mbappe misses a chance to play for Madrid alongside French team-mate Karim Benzema in what would have been a devastating partnership and the envy of Europe. They scored together for Les Bleus last year, both scoring as France won the Nations League final. But when France defend their World Cup title in Qatar later this year, they will only be team-mates in the national team.

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Kylian Mbappe stays at PSG, snubs Real Madrid

The French superstar is finally going nowhere, spurning a long-awaited move to Real Madrid to stay. (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridThe French superstar is finally going nowhere, spurning a long-awaited move to Real Madrid to stay. As it turns out, Kylian Mbappé is going nowhere. Despite Mbappé making a summer transfer request last year and letting his PSG contract expire when it was not approved, according to multiple reports he has allegedly planned to stay with the Ligue 1 champions and snubbed Real Madrid for the time being. anyway. Mbappé reportedly spoke to Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to update him on his decision and also shared his intentions with PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino and his teammates, according to ESPN's Julien Laurens and Rodrigo Faez. The decision is the culmination of a year-long process that almost took a drastic turn last summer when Madrid attempted to oust Mbappé from PSG during the transfer window. Mbappé confirmed he had asked for a transfer despite his year-long contract but he could have signed a preliminary deal with Real Madrid as early as January 1 if he wanted to fully commit. Instead, he stayed true to his word, focused on the PSG season and waiting until the end to decide his future while the Parisian club made overtures to convince him to stay long-term. "I stayed and I'm really happy," Mbappé told L'Équipe last fall. "At no point during the season will you hear behavior like, 'You didn't let me go, I'm going to take it easy.' I have too much love for football and too much respect for the club and for me, it too just to take it easy for a game. If I had been told Messi would play at PSG I wouldn't have believed it so you never know what's going to happen. "We are far from [staying] as I wanted to leave this summer. This summer my ambition was clear, I wanted to leave and put the club in the best circumstances to bring in my replacement." "Ultimately, no replacement will be needed, at least not next summer. PSG's offer was strong enough that Mbappé turned down a move to the club he was reportedly pining for since childhood. A now-famous photo of Mbappé circulated before A couple of years ago the player sat in his youth room covered with posters of Cristiano Ronaldo who played for Real Madrid and now the Whites who eliminated PSG from the Champions League in the last 16 this season and who he will play against Liverpool one opponent will remain for the title in Paris on May 28. Mbappé, meanwhile, remains at PSG and continues to work alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar in the world's star-studded attacking trident. Mbappé has been the leader and the most prolific of the three this season, leads Ligue 1 in goals (25) and assists (17) on his way to the league's Player of the Year Despite only turning 23 in December, his trophy case is already pretty full with France's 2018 World Cup title, the glowing of previous success. At club level, he won a Ligue 1 title with Monaco and then four more with PSG, while also lifting seven other domestic trophies. Champions League glory has proved evasive, however, as PSG lost to Bayern in the final of the pandemic-altered 2019/20 season and most recently suffered humiliation against Real Madrid when Karim Benzema's 17-minute hat-trick sent the club crashing. He remains hopeful of giving PSG their first European title while the club that have been trying to lure him will play for their 14th on their own soil. On Friday it was said PSG and Real Madrid had made seismic offers of equal financial strength, leaving it to a personal decision. With Robert Lewandowski also announcing his transfer wishes, there's more fireworks ahead in the summer window, but the two biggest decisions involving the two young stars of the game's generation have already been sorted.

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Why Mbappe chose PSG over Real Madrid

Real Madrid were confident Kylian Mbappe would join them this summer but a late change of heart means the world champions will remain in Paris. (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridSo the decision has finally been made – Kylian Mbappe will stay at Paris St-Germain for another three years. Both clubs were willing to pay €150m (£127m) as a registration fee and both accepted he would receive the majority of his image rights and a €40m (£34m) salary. And then, on Friday, after the final game of the season against Real Betis, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez told his club's players in the Bernabeu dressing rooms that Mbappe would not be joining. Real Madrid had long hoped they would sign the French world champions this summer and they were genuinely confident it would be the culmination of a flirtation that began when Mbappe appeared in Monaco's side that secured the Champions League semifinals reached 2017. Even when Mbappe chose PSG back then, his people insisted to Real Madrid that he would one day end up there. The information that I and my Spanish colleagues heard from the Real Madrid side was that they were completely confident - they were convinced that everything was done, they felt that they had his word. He has long admired the club, ever since he had posters of Cristiano Ronaldo in a Real Madrid shirt on his wall as a child. Mbappe's decision isn't solely motivated by money but that played a big part. About a month ago, PSG went very strong and said they would offer him this massive signup fee to stay for two more years. That was her suggestion, and that's when Mbappe said publicly that new elements had come into the equation. His family went back to Madrid and said: "How about a similar registration fee?". The Spanish champions said they would compete. There have also been negotiations over image rights - Real Madrid always want 50% of them, but they had to go below that number to convince Mbappe. French media suggest that PSG might have gone further with the registration fee and offered other benefits that Real Madrid couldn't match (more control over sporting decisions, future deals with Qatar, etc.). PSG's proposal is less dramatic than it sounds because that's what happens with big stars anyway. The connection between this year's World Cup in Qatar and PSG's Qatari owners is clear. Pressure from Qatar has gone to the political authorities in France, and even French President Emmanuel Macron has gotten involved in pressuring Mbappe to stay. Not long ago, I received very strong indications from the PSG entourage that nothing could change his mind about leaving. Even when there was talk of one of his idols, Zinedine Zidane, as coach, it was said it wouldn't be enough to convince him to stay in Paris. But all those impressions changed in the last few weeks and PSG players started to believe he was staying. From a purely footballing point of view, Mbappe might have thought about winning the Ballon d'Or at PSG. To do that, he would need to have a near-perfect Champions League campaign with PSG, score 10 goals or more and win the tournament, struggling with players like Real's Karim Benzema, Erling Haaland, now at Manchester City, and Dusan Vlahovic, at Juve. His age isn't an issue because at 23 he knows he can stay at PSG for a few years and help them win that elusive Champions League trophy, then go to Madrid and spend five or six years there on his to spend the absolute peak. The club's president Florentino Perez has been exposed after months of confidently informing the Madrid side a deal would go through, and waiting for Mbappe's arrival has slowed their squad planning elsewhere. We will likely hear again that this is a confirmation that Madrid and other La Liga teams cannot compete with the so-called 'state clubs' (La Liga president Javier Tebas already mentioned this last week). Real Madrid will try to make it clear that the club did everything they could to land him. Now that Mbappe's decision has been made, you'd think it would be hailed as universally great news by PSG supporters, but remember they've been whistling at their Paris-born striker this season. Of course the fans will celebrate but there is such disharmony outside the club that PSG need to do a lot more to keep everyone happy. Big decisions are still needed, perhaps finding a new manager and director of football, although Mbappe has a very good relationship with current boss Mauricio Pochettino. For now, they've done enough to please Mbappe and they'll hope this is the catalyst for them to finally win the Champions League they're craving so much.

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Mbappe announces shock stay at PSG

Kylian Mbappe will remain at PSG in a shock turnaround that will see Real Madrid miss out on their No.1 transfer target, sources have told ESPN. (Author: Gardener)

Kylian MbappeAccording to Julien Laurens, even the French president was involved in PSG's attempt to keep Kylian Mbappe away from Real Madrid. According to Julien Laurens, even the French president was involved in PSG's attempt to keep Kylian Mbappe away from Real Madrid. Kylian Mbappe has announced he will stay at Paris Saint-Germain, sources have told ESPN, in a shock reversal that has seen Real Madrid miss their long-term transfer target yet again. It had been widely expected that 23-year-old Mbappe would join the Bernabeu this summer as his contract at PSG expires on June 30. But after a late change of heart, Mbappe will sign a three-year deal at PSG. Sources added that Mbappe spoke to Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to inform him of his decision and shared it with PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino and his teammates. Real Madrid have been in contact with Mbappe's entourage all season since PSG rejected a string of offers in the region of €200m for the forward last summer and sources told ESPN they believed they had the player's word on that he would join them for free agent. However, PSG were determined to persuade Mbappe to stay and sources told ESPN they had offered him significantly improved terms on a new deal that was more financially attractive than Madrid's offer in a bid to achieve a change of heart. Both clubs were confident of winning the battle for the France international, but the lack of confirmation from Mbappe's camp and his public appearance and statements in recent weeks had caused uncertainty on both sides. Sources told ESPN on Friday that there was "nervousness and confusion" at Real Madrid over the Mbappe situation, as well as growing "pessimism" over the completion of the high-profile signing. The club had anticipated PSG's late offer to change the player's mind but believed he would honor his commitment to them and resist pressure from the French club. This month Mbappe was voted Ligue 1 Player of the Year for the third time after scoring 25 goals and providing 17 assists as PSG won the league title. In the Champions League, PSG finished second in their group behind Manchester City before being knocked out by Real Madrid in the round of 16. Madrid came close to landing Mbappe in 2017 after playing for Monaco in the Champions League semi-finals, but the striker opted for PSG where he joined for a world record €180million for a teenager. Since joining, Mbappe has scored 168 goals in all competitions, trailing only Edinson Cavani in PSG's career-best goalscorer list. Mbappe has won four league titles with the club - in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2022 - and reached the Champions League final in 2020. All this time he remained the main target for Madrid and club president Perez. ESPN reported in August 2021 that Madrid have made a number of offers for Mbappe, the latest of which was worth up to €200m. PSG sporting director Leonardo later criticized Madrid for a 'lack of respect' for how they had dealt with the pursuit of Mbappe. The player was frequently quizzed by reporters about his future plans throughout the season - and shrugged off mounting pressure from PSG to agree to a lucrative extension - while enjoying the best season of his career on the field. Having turned down the chance to join Real Madrid, he will now remain PSG's poster child as he looks back on his sixth season with the French club.

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PSG or Real Madrid? Times how to watch how to follow live online

Kylian Mbappé will announce on Sunday whether he will renew his contract at PSG or join Real Madrid on a free transfer. (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridKylian Mbappé will announce on Sunday whether he will renew his contract at PSG or join Real Madrid on a free transfer. On Sunday, Kylian Mbappé is expected to announce where he will play football next season, ending a long-running saga about the Paris Saint-Germain striker's future. As revealed by the French sports newspaper L'Équipe, Mbappé is to reveal his plans on the French television program Téléfoot. Mbappé, who is out of contract with PSG at the end of June, has been tipped to join La Liga giants Real Madrid on a free transfer this summer. Los Blancos have identified the 23-year-old as the player they want to build their squad around in the years to come - and as the ideal marquee signing for the opening of their revamped Bernabéu stadium, due for completion later in 2022. PSG now appears however to have made significant progress in his attempts to persuade Mbappé to extend his stay at the Parc des Princes. In fact, the player's mother Fayza Lamari said on Friday that her son has reached agreements with both PSG and Madrid. "The two offers from Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are equal," Lamari told Kora Sports. Mbappé and PSG meet Metz in their last game of the Ligue 1 season on Saturday at 9pm local time (3pm ET/12pm PT). Paris have said he will be among the players to be individually honored on the pitch after the game, but that doesn't appear to have anything to do with his future. Kylian Mbappé on Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League knockout round defeat by Real Madrid this season. Viewers with access to TF1 can watch the show on Sunday, May 22, 2022 from 11 a.m. local time. Find out when Téléfoot starts wherever you are in the world. Kieran Quaile will be providing a live blog on Sunday about the announcement, including the build and the response to it.

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Real Madrid are held by Betis ahead of the Champions League final

MADRID (AP) - The regular players of Real Madrid were defeated 0-0 by Real Betis on Friday in the team's last game before the Champions League final. Madrid won the Spanish league weeks ago and coach Carlo Ancelotti had rotated the squad but he did his best on the field against Betis to fine-tune... (Author: Gardener)

the Champions LeagueReal Madrid's Vinicius Junior and Betis' Youssouf Sabaly during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Betis at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Friday, May 20, 2022. MADRID (AP) - The regular starters of Real Madrid were held by Real Betis are 0-0 in their last game before the Champions League final on Friday. Madrid started with the side expected to take on Liverpool on May 28 in Paris, where they will attempt to win a record-extending 14th European title. Madrid won the Spanish league weeks ago and coach Carlo Ancelotti had rotated the squad but he did his best on the field against Betis to optimize them ahead of the trip to France next week. Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, right, and Betis' goalkeeper Rui Silva during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Friday, May 20, 2022. He rested Luka later in the second half Modric, Rodrygo and Ferland Mendy. Veteran left-back Marcelo came on for Mendy in what may be his last game against Madrid, although Ancelotti said no decision had been made on the player's future. The Brazilian received a huge ovation from the fans as he entered the game and after the final whistle at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, left, and Real Madrid's Marcelo during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Betis at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, on Friday, May 20, 2022. 'He will still be one of ours Captains are Paris,” said Ancelotti. Karim Benzema came closest to scoring for Madrid but ended his season top of the table with 27 goals, 10 more than any other player. Since winning a record-breaking 35th league title, Madrid have eliminated Manchester City in the Champions League semi-finals before beating Levante 6-0 and drawing Cádiz 1-1. The tie left Madrid 13 points clear of second-placed Barcelona, ​​who close out their season against seventh-placed Villarreal on Sunday. Real Madrid's Karim Benzema reacts after missing a chance during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Betis at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Friday May 20, 2022. Betis secured fifth place with the draw, their best league result since 2005. Manuel Pellegrini's side had already secured a place in the second-tier Europa League by beating Valencia in the Copa del Rey final last month. Real Madrid's Luka Modric runs with the ball during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Betis at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Friday, May 20, 2022. A guard of honor was attended by both teams before the match, with players lining up stand to greet the opponents for their titles. "We deserve a 10 for our season," said Pellegrini. Real Madrid's Marcelo salutes fans after a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Friday, May 20, 2022. It was Betis' fifth consecutive clean sheet against Madrid in the league. It won two of those games and drew the last three in a row. Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti and his players greet the fans after a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Betis on Friday May 20, 2022 at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain. In Friday's other game, relegated Levante ensured they did not finish bottom after a 4-2 win at 12th-placed Rayo Vallecano, with Gonzalo Melero scoring twice for the visitors. Granada, Mallorca and Cádiz will battle relegation on Sunday while Villarreal and Athletic look to finish seventh and secure a place in the Europa Conference League.

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Real Madrid are held by Betis ahead of the Champions League final

The Real Madrid regulars were defeated 0-0 in the team's last game before the Real Betis champions. (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridMADRID (AP) - The regular players of Real Madrid were defeated 0-0 by Real Betis on Friday in the team's last game before the Champions League final. Madrid started with the side expected to take on Liverpool on May 28 in Paris, where they will attempt to win a record-extending 14th European title. Madrid won the Spanish league weeks ago and coach Carlo Ancelotti had rotated the squad but he did his best on the field against Betis to optimize them ahead of the trip to France next week. Veteran left-back Marcelo came on for Mendy in what may be his last game against Madrid, although Ancelotti said no decision had been made on the player's future. "He will still be one of our captains in Paris," said Ancelotti. Karim Benzema came closest to scoring for Madrid but ended his season top of the table with 27 goals, 10 more than any other player. Since winning a record-breaking 35th league title, Madrid have eliminated Manchester City in the Champions League semi-finals before beating Levante 6-0 and drawing Cádiz 1-1. The tie left Madrid 13 points clear of second-placed Barcelona, ​​who close out their season against seventh-placed Villarreal on Sunday. Betis secured fifth place with the draw, their best league result since 2005. Manuel Pellegrini's side had already secured a place in the second-tier Europa League by beating Valencia in a final last month in the Copa del Rey. Before the game, both teams formed an honor guard with players lining up to salute opponents for their titles. It was Betis' fifth straight game without conceding against Madrid in the league. It won two of those games and drew the last three in a row. In Friday's other game, the already relegated Levante ensured they did not finish bottom after a 4-2 win at 12th-placed Rayo Vallecano, with Gonzalo Melero scoring twice for the visitors. Granada, Mallorca and Cádiz will battle relegation on Sunday while Villarreal and Athletic look to finish seventh and secure a place in the Europa Conference League.

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