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The Mbappe soap opera is over for now, but questions remain

Kylian Mbappe opted to stay at PSG instead of joining Real Madrid on a free transfer this summer. But was it the right decision? (Author: Gardener)

MbappeFootball's hottest young talent is staying at Paris Saint-Germain and not making the move to world football's biggest brand, Real Madrid. Kylian Mbappe's contract with PSG expires in 40 days and for much of the past year it seemed a dead certainty that he would bid farewell to the French capital and land a massive free-agent deal in Madrid. After all, 23-year-old Mbappe has a long and flirtatious history with Madrid. Invited to training sessions at their academy as an 11-year-old, he slept under a poster of Cristiano Ronaldo (the happy, productive Madrid version). In 2017, while still a teenager, Mbappe opted to leave his first club, Monaco, for PSG rather than Real Madrid, who had haunted him all summer, partially citing his decision as a promise to play in the French league play and move up.A year ago, Mbappe appeared ready to make a move, but this time it was PSG who blocked the deal and offered a reported nearly $200m - the second-highest fee ever after Neymar (263 million US dollars) – declined for his services. The common explanation - and possibly one that needs to be challenged - was that Mbappe wanted to leave, PSG couldn't let him as they had just added Lionel Messi into the mix and were looking to make a serious run in the Champions League... but im next summer if he doesn't renew there's nothing stopping him. - ESPN+ Viewer's Guide: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, FA Cup, more Except, of course, for Mbappe opting to remain at PSG French club and their Qatari owners, that was a colossal coup. They're keeping the ties - the 'one-off' front three of Mbappe, Messi and Neymar - together for another season (at least) and have another run in the Champions League. They are showing the world that there is serious sporting commitment behind the club, that this is not just a showcase for Qatar's sporting commitment and a gigantic PR project culminating in the 2022 World Cup next November. The club posted losses of almost 350 million euros ($390 million) in the pandemic-hit seasons of 2019/20 and 2020/21, doubling with a massive frenzy last summer (acquiring the contracts of Achraf Hakimi and Danilo Pereira for a total of around 100 million US dollars). and signing expensive free agents like Gianluigi Donnarumma, Georginio Wijnaldum and of course Messi). The governing body of football in Europe, UEFA, has introduced spending caps that will come into effect in 2023. Some, like LaLiga president Javier Tebas, have questioned whether PSG are serious about watching them. A day earlier, Mbappe's mother, Fayza Lamari, had said there would be no new meetings with clubs about her son's future. Madrid had made their best and final offer, as had PSG, to persuade him to stay. "We have reached an agreement [in principle] with both Real Madrid and PSG and the discussions are over because Kylian has to make a decision now," she told Kora Plus. "The two offers, that of PSG and Real [Madrid] , are almost identical. At Real, my son would have control over his image rights. We will await his decision." Seldom does one get such clarity from a de facto agent: Mbappe has no official representative and is dependent on the separated parents Fayza and Wilfried. Many read that he was ready to join PSG but didn't want to go on bad terms and was keen to show that the French club had done everything they could to keep him, perhaps coming from an agent who would have to do business with both clubs in the future had that been the case. Coming from a mother not so much For Real Madrid it feels like one of those great 'Will they? Won't they?" Soap opera romances. For example, that his new contract at PSG has a release clause or is just an extension so he can try again to win the Champions League with Messi at his side and later join Madrid For Real Madrid, after years of relatively modest spending by their standards, this was the summer they recharged, with Mbappe the jewel in the summer spending spree.Real Madrid rode their veteran stars in winning LaLiga and achieving the Champions League final against Liverpool on May 28 (which ironically takes place in Paris… you bet some were hoping Mbappe would be there to cheer them on?) But the team obviously needs fresh blood and depth, Mbappe won't be a part of it. At least not next year, because that's the thing about romance Rings on fingers in this sport can be removed - sometimes easily, sometimes with a lot of fuss nd — and until he retires (which won't happen for a good decade or more), it feels like there's always a flicker of "maybe. Someday they'll get together." After all, the best romantic soaps hold the suspense that long upright as they can.

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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 Parc des Princes, then scored a hat... (Author: Gardener)

MbappéPSG 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. PSG's Kylian Mbappe waves a jersey to the crowd after it was announced he had signed a three-year extension to his contract to stay on the club before the French League 1 soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Metz at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Saturday, May 21, 2022. PSG's Kylian Mbappe waves a shirt to the crowd after it was announced that he it has signed a three-year extension of its contract to play before the French League One football match between Paris Saint Germain and Metz at the Parc des Princes stadium in Par is, France, on Saturday 21 May 2022 to stay at the club. PSG's Kylian Mbappe reacts after scoring a goal during the French League 1 soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Metz at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Saturday, May 21, 2022. PSG's Angel Di Maria (11) celebrates after he scored with his teammates PSG's 5th goal Kylian Mbappe, left, and PSG's Neymar during 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. Karim Real Madrid's Benzema reacts after missing a chance during a match Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Friday, May 20, 2022. PSG's Angel Di Maria in the centre hugs PSG's Kylian Mbappe as he is substituted in his last game for the club the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Metz at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France , Saturday May 21, 2022. PARIS (AP) - Kylian Mbappé celebrated with fans at the Parc des Princes and scored a hat-trick after signing a new three-year deal at Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday and turning down the chance to join Real Madrid. Before PSG defeated Metz 5-0 in their last home game, France's world champion star stood on a platform near the center circle to address the fans. “I am very happy to continue this adventure and to stay in France, in Paris, my city. I've always said Paris is my home," Mbappe said. "I hope I will continue to do what I love most, which is to continue playing football and winning trophies." 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 deal. Kylian Mbappe will stay until 2025," Al-Khelaifi said, barely heard as fans kept chanting Mbappe's name. One of football's most desirable 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 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. The non-transfer reflects the changing power dynamics in European football. 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 Al-Khelaifi to gain one of the two most powerful roles in football 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 700 million euros in recent seasons and more than 600 million euros in salaries," wrote he on Twitter: "Al-Khelafi is as dangerous as the Super League." 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 was only just developing emerged as a rival over the past decade through its Qatari funding. 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. As Mbappé won the league's best player award for the third time last Sunday, he said he had made his mind up in principle but didn't say in which direction. Tensions between the clubs were evident when PSG were kicked out of the Champions League by Madrid in the round of 16 in March - despite leading 2-0 in the aggregate with two goals from Mbappé - and Al-Khelaifi continued to be challenged by UEFA over an alleged confrontation was investigated with match officials 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. In the season-ending home game, where he played alongside team-mates Lionel Messi and Neymar, he increased his league lead to 28. However, Mbappé misses a chance to play alongside French team-mate Karim Benzema for Madrid in what has been a devastating partnership and the envy of Europe would. They scored together for Les Bleus last year, both scoring as France won the Nations League final.

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How PSG shocked Real Madrid by tying up their local hero

On Saturday, Kylian Mbappe almost certainly became the highest-paid player in the world - but at PSG and not Real Madrid as many expected (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridOn Saturday night, Kylian Mbappe almost certainly became the highest paid footballer in the world. Mbappe stabbed a dagger in Real Madrid's ambitions by signing a three-year deal at Paris Saint-Germain. Ahead of PSG's final Ligue 1 game of the season against Metz, Mbappe was ushered onto the pitch alongside club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, much to the delight of a fan base who had assumed this would be his last game for the club, with his contract expiring this summer out of. By the 50-minute mark he had scored a hat-trick, underscoring exactly why two of the world's richest clubs have fought tooth and nail for his services for so long. Mbappe has been the apple of Madrid's eye for a number of years. Many of the club's key decisions of late have been guided by its mission to secure Mbappe. When head coach Carlo Ancelotti returned to Real last summer, he was informed by Perez that players would be sold to cover Mbappe's salary. It's one of the reasons Madrid went into the campaign without Sergio Ramos, who joined PSG on a free transfer, and Raphael Varane, who signed a deal worth more than £40m for Manchester United. In recent windows, the club have also sold Sergio Reguilon, Achraf Hakimi and Martin Odegaard for around £90m in total. Within the club, this became known as the 'Mbappe Fund' and in reality, no one at Madrid expected Ancelotti's side to do as well as they did last season, where they comfortably won La Liga and could yet win the Champions League. Last summer the club made modest investments, signing only David Alaba on a free transfer and signing young French midfielder Eduardo Camavinga for £34million. Madrid's fixation on Mbappe also had the knock-on effect of dictating the intensity of their attempts to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund. A clause in the Norwegian's contract allowed Haaland to sign for £51million this summer and sources close to the situation believed the player would rather join Madrid earlier this year. Haaland, who has since confirmed he will join Manchester City, has also had talks and proposals from Bayern Munich, Barcelona and PSG. Liverpool, whose manager Jurgen Klopp used to work at Dortmund, tried to hear the extent of the player's demands, as he did with Mbappe, but the numbers at stake were unrealistic within Liverpool's structure. In the case of Madrid, the club started dreaming of signing Haaland alongside Mbappe. The problem, however, was that the financial burden of completing both deals in the same summer was too high and they therefore wanted Haaland to stay in Germany for another year before joining the Spanish club in the summer of 2023. It would also allow Madrid striker Karim Benzema, the favorite to win this year's Ballon d'Or, another year spearheading the club's attack alongside fellow Frenchman Mbappe. Madrid's interest was one of the main motivations behind City's early attack, as the English club knew Madrid would bring their plan to sign Haaland forward by a year and fight more vigorously for the player this summer if Mbappe ultimately made his choice to stay at PSG. City acted with more conviction and complied with the player's request for a transfer this summer and Madrid's balls were now solely in Mbappe's basket. Madrid were hoping to announce the transfer as a feel-good boost ahead of next weekend's Champions League final against Liverpool and no one can underestimate Mbappe's quality - this is a 23-year-old who has already won the World Cup with France. He has scored 221 goals and provided 124 assists in 330 career games for Monaco, PSG and France. His value on the field for Madrid was clear as the club sought to revitalize their squad in the post-Cristiano Ronaldo era. For PSG, he will be at the center of plans for next season, with the club planning a rebuild that will see Angel Di Maria leave, likely to be followed by Idrissa Gueye and Mauro Icardi. This is the battle royale, the clash between old money and new money, between old clubs and state-backed investments. Taking to Twitter, Mbappe's mother - who was at the center of the negotiations - rebuked a French journalist who dared to claim her son had broken his word to Madrid. Elsewhere, La Liga president Javier Tebas labeled Al-Khelaifi "dangerous" and called the deal an "insult" to football. In a stunning statement released on Saturday night, La Liga detailed their intention to file a complaint with UEFA about the deal. Mbappe is reportedly set to earn €1m a week at PSG, although club sources insist he is earning less, around €40m a year. They also insist - and maybe that's a little salty - that this offer was marginally lower than what Madrid had put on the table when all the signing fees, wages and image rights considerations are taken into account. Earlier this year, Al-Khelaifi said: "I won't hide it, we hardly have any relationship with Real Madrid." It all started when Perez, one of the main architects of the European Super League, was thwarted by Al-Khelaifi as the breakaway movement started in April 2021. PSG first thought they signed and sealed Mbappe this time last year. At the end of last season, just before the European Championship, PSG gave the impression that Mbappe wanted to extend his contract. He was aware of Real Madrid's interest with only one year left on his contract but PSG were assured he wanted to stay in Paris. In truth, some involved in the negotiations suspected Mbappe's ruse was to go to Euro 2020, shine bright, boost his value and then sign improved terms at PSG. Mbappe failed to score and missed the crucial penalty as France were eliminated by Switzerland in the round of 16. Mbappe also had a public disagreement with French striker Olivier Giroud before the tournament had even started. When Mbappe returned to PSG, his name was booed by the club's fans at the Parc des Princes ahead of the opening game of the league season against Strasbourg. This has been interpreted by some quarters as a reaction to his failure at Euro 2020, but also as public disapproval of his refusal to extend PSG's tenure. Mbappe became more distant and retired from the club. He was unfazed by criticism in the French media and well-informed sources felt it was the first crisis of confidence to really grip one of the world's pre-eminent players. Mbappe's spirits have been boosted by the arrival of his friend Achraf Hakimi from Inter Milan, while he has also been impressed by the club's transfers of Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Georginio Wijnaldum and Nuno Mendes. Moreover, PSG started their first full season under Pochettino and there was the appeal of a strike force made up of Messi, Neymar and Mbappe. When Messi joined the club in August 2021, Al-Khelaifi made it very clear to the Argentine that he would play alongside Mbappe and that the club would not approve of a sale. Still, speculation mounted that Madrid would make a late move in last summer's window to buy Mbappe a year before his contract expires. By mid-August, Mbappe had turned down two different contract offers from PSG and the club were concerned. His mother has been at the center of the contract negotiations that have made him the highest paid player in the world, surpassing the £25m net Messi earns at PSG. However, last summer, PSG were under the impression that his mother was more interested in a move to Madrid, while his father gave the impression that he wanted to stay in Paris a little longer. However, the question is to what extent Madrid really tried to sign Mbappe last summer, despite knowing that there would be a possibility of signing him within 10 months at the end of his contract. What we do know is that Madrid made an opening bid worth €160m for Mbappe on the evening of August 24, a week before the window closed. PSG were guided by the fact that they still owed Monaco €36m for the final payment of the €180m transfer fee they had signed Mbappe from the club four years earlier. With the remaining pot of €124m, they felt they lacked the funds needed to replace Mbappe, especially with a week left in the transfer window. However, the club made some initial inquiries and explored the possibility of deals for Haaland and Everton's Richarlison. "If he wants to leave, we won't hold him back, but it will be on our terms." Al-Khelaifi said: "The club's position is very clear." Some of Al-Khelaifi's confidants believed that the PSG president was ready could have been to do business if the offer had reached €200m and they believed he would challenge the Spanish club to reach those numbers. They wondered if Madrid posed publicly and secured a refusal from PSG to give Mbappe the impression they had done everything in their power to sign the striker. With that, they would then be perfectly positioned to sign Mbappe in the summer. Furthermore, Perez required positive press coverage after failing to make the Super League, the club failing to win last season's La Liga and the departure of several key players. The Madrid press also claimed that the club has negotiators on site in Paris and that the club is trying to talk to the Qatari government to grease the wheels of the transfer. Still, PSG have always insisted to The Athletic that a second formal offer hasn't materialised, although it may have been touted in talks between the clubs. As for the final €200m approach, PSG deny that happened. Athletic contacted Madrid and asked if it was true they only made a formal offer and the club didn't reply. Both clubs went into the campaign with the Mbappe situation hanging over them. For example, when Mbappe scored twice against Reims late in the transfer window and happily celebrated his goals, he was criticized for not acting to enforce the deal. In a gossip TV show, El Chiringuito had Mbappe's face overlaid on a countdown clock to give the impression of an impending transfer. As the window closed, Madrid-based newspaper AS published a graphic of Mbappe wearing a PSG shirt, superimposed behind prison bars. PSG, meanwhile, had taken a risk by turning down at least €160m and now faced losing Mbappe for nothing at the end of the season. They initially wanted to tie Mbappe to a new long-term deal but found his camp had no intention of agreeing to it. PSG wanted a three-year extension which would offer resale value but were also open to a two-year extension if Mbappe insisted. The club's tone was that at 23, Mbappe is young enough to pursue his dream of winning the Champions League with PSG and then pursue his adventures elsewhere if he still maintains those ambitions. Additionally, PSG offered to make Mbappe the centerpiece of the club's commercial activities as the boy from Bondy in the Paris suburbs, just seven miles from central Paris. Mbappe had initially felt a little annoyed by the club's praise of Messi, but the pair bonded over time and the club felt the need to give Mbappe extra attention and 'some TLC', according to sources. Madrid initially suggested they would come back and sign Mbappe in January but this didn't materialize. That possibility diminished when the two clubs went head-to-head in the Champions League. Mbappe forged a 2-0 aggregate lead home and away against Real before a 17-minute implosion from PSG and a hat-trick from Karim Benzema turned the tables. PSG were eliminated from the Champions League again and despite easily winning Ligue 1, this has not been an overwhelming season. The club's fanbase has also directed severe criticism at the club's management, arguing that it too often prioritizes commercial growth over the healthy performance of the men's and women's teams. For much of the campaign, even Mbappe's PSG teammates were in the dark about his plans. In late autumn, one told The Athletic: "We have no idea." In public interviews, players have remained deliberately vague, but some at the club had begun to lose hope. Amid the turmoil, there had been a growing expectation in Madrid that Mbappe's signature would be a formality this summer. The Madrid press often reminded their readers that Mbappe grew up with Cristiano Ronaldo posters on his bedroom walls. Real Madrid's bid for Mbappe was hard-fought, including granting Mbappe big control over his image rights, and as recently as this week those close to the negotiations were confident he had agreed terms with the club. Sources suggest Mbappe went as far as arranging property viewings in Madrid last week. When the news of Mbappe's decision to remain in Paris broke, French journalist Frederic Hermel wrote on Twitter: "In football there are those who respect the word given. Mbappe's mother replied: "Monsieur Hermel, if we don't know, we keep quiet... an agreement was never reached... best wishes to you." On Thursday this week, PSG were confident they had finally reached an agreement, although internally it was still in the Messages were exchanged in the early hours of Saturday morning and Mbappe finally signed late on Saturday afternoon. Madrid now have to look elsewhere for a high-profile summer transfer and are eyeing Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, although Liverpool are also keeping an eye on his situation. Both Liverpool players have one year left to finalize their deals and the club remain in healthy dialogue on any situation. However, a deal for Mane, who owns a property in Spain, will not be discussed until after the Champions League final. For Qatar Sports Investments (QSI), who own PSG, there is broader appeal for Mbappe's renewal. This is World Cup year and Qatar is hosting. PSG sources struggle to deny this, arguing that the club only wants to keep the man they believe is the best footballer in the world. Many continue to argue that PSG is a vanity or sports wash project to address Qatar-related human rights concerns. In an interview with The Athletic last month, Al-Khelaifi countered that he sees PSG as an "investment project", arguing that the club was acquired for €70m but its value has since risen into the billions. These questions will not go away and the debate resurfaced on Saturday when Tebas, the president of La Liga, sent a inflammatory tweet: "What PSG are doing by signing Mbappe for a huge amount of money (who knows where and how it is paid ) after announcing €700m in losses in recent seasons and a €600m pay load is an insult to football. Al-Khelafi (sic) is as dangerous as Super League.” PSG are understood to be furious with Tebas' public criticism. When PSG turned down an offer for Mbappe last summer, Tebas tweeted: "Club States are just as dangerous to the football ecosystem as the Super League. We have criticized the Super League for destroying European football and we are just as critical of PSG. While Tebas is not alone in his worries, missing out on both Mbappe and Haaland is a blow to a competition that has already lost Ronaldo and Messi in recent years. Last summer, La Liga's net transfer spend was ten times lower than that of the Premier League. On Saturday night, La Liga issued a statement before Mbappe had even confirmed his decision. La Liga said: "On the possible announcement of Kylian Mbappe to remain at PSG, La Liga would like to explain that this type of agreement attacks the economic stability of European football and not only endangers hundreds of thousands of jobs and the integrity of the sport in European competitions, but also in national leagues. "It is scandalous that a club like PSG, which posted losses of more than €220m last season after amassing losses of more than €700m in previous seasons (while reporting dubious-rated sponsorship earnings), with A squad costing around €650 million for this season can secure such an agreement, while clubs that could afford to hire the player without their payroll being impacted will not be able to sign him.” The statement continued : "La Liga will file a lawsuit against PSG before UEFA, the French Administrative Court and the Treasury and European Union authorities to continue to defend the economic ecosystem of European football and its sustainability." The rise of state-backed clubs has been one of Motivating factors behind the Super League for clubs like the one in american Chem-owned Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool, who say they want to be more sustainable, as well as Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus. On the other side of this debate, clubs like PSG and Manchester City (who, along with Chelsea, were first eliminated from the Super League) would argue that their rivals are anti-competitive and that state-backed clubs should not be liable for the debts of a club like Barcelona be made. PSG's refusal to join the competition was one of the main reasons behind the collapse of the Super League along with German clubs Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. Madrid remain committed to the Super League, fighting in court and continuing to miss UEFA and European Club Association (ECA) meetings. Al-Khelaifi now directs the show at the ECA and holds a senior position on the UEFA Executive Committee. Earlier this season, Al-Khelaifi mocked remaining Super League clubs Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus. The pettiness between the two clubs reached a new level in February when PSG and Madrid met in the first leg of the Champions League in Paris. Perez and Al-Khelaifi met in person for the first time since the Super League. PSG hosted a luncheon for club boards and UEFA delegates at the three-Michelin-starred Pavillon Ledoyen restaurant. Perez and Al-Khelaifi originally struggled to agree on an exact time for lunch, with one party suggesting 1pm and the other 1:30pm. Al-Khelaifi told Perez he warned him a Super League would not be successful and then the Qatari businessman laid out what he believes is his divergent vision for football. Three weeks later, Perez was the man on the rise as his team knocked PSG out of the Champions League.

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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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