Mbappe Informs PSG He Will Leave in Summer 2024

Kylian Mbappe has informed Paris Saint-Germain that he will leave the club at the conclusion of the season.

According to two sources familiar with the matter, the France international informed PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi that he would leave the club when his contract expired.

Both people spoke on the condition of anonymity because Mbappe hasn’t announced his decision yet.

According to one source, Mbappe, who has previously been linked with Real Madrid, has not indicated which club he plans to join next.

PSG declined to comment, but a second individual with knowledge of Mbappe’s decision claimed the conditions of his departure were still being worked out with the club and that an official announcement would not be issued until that was completed.

Mbappe, widely regarded as one of the world’s top players, will become a free agent at the end of the season after seven years with PSG.

He notified the club last year that he would not extend the deal he signed in 2022.

When he signed his latest contract, PSG paraded him around Parc des Princes, holding up a shirt with the year 2025 printed on it, despite the fact that the contract was only until 2024, with an option for an extra year. That incident apparently irritated Mbappe, who later felt let down by the club for failing to attract more top-tier players — aside from Lionel Messi — as promised when he signed the contract.

While Madrid appears to be the most likely destination for Mbappe, his departure from PSG is expected to start a bidding war among a slew of other clubs keen to recruit the former World Cup winner.

Mbappe, 25, has been at PSG since 2017, after signing from Monaco for an estimated $190 million. He joined at the same time as Neymar, who cost PSG a world record $222 million from Barcelona.

In 2021, PSG rejected a $190 million approach from Real Madrid for the attacker, who signed his current contract the following year.

Mbappe will be the latest superstar to leave the French club, following Messi and Neymar’s departures last year. The brilliant attacking trio played together for two seasons but failed to reach the Champions League quarterfinals, as PSG was knocked out in the last-16 stage both years, first by Real Madrid and then Bayern Munich.

Mbappe won five French league titles with PSG, but he has yet to lead the club to Champions League triumph. When PSG reached the final of the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, it lost 1-0 to Bayern, with neither Mbappe nor Neymar making an effect.

Mbappe might still end his career on a good note by winning this season’s European club soccer championship. He scored in PSG’s 2-0 victory over Real Sociedad in the first leg of the round of 16, bringing his club total to 243 goals in 290 games, including 38 in the Champions League.

He also has 93 assists for PSG, which ranks third on the club’s all-time list.

Mbappe’s decision putting an end to a long-running issue that has marred his final season at the club.

His PSG career could have ended last summer after a protracted transfer standoff. After informing the club that he would not renew his contract for another year, he was left out of a preseason tour to Japan and South Korea and forced to practice with fringe players. PSG indicated it would rather sell him than let him leave for free in 2024, but Mbappe turned down a 300 million euro transfer to Saudi club Al-Hilal.

Mbappe was held out of the team’s first league game of the season as the standoff persisted — a dreary 0-0 home stalemate that he watched from the stands — but PSG immediately yielded and allowed him back into the lineup.

Mbappe had already expressed his dissatisfaction with the club both on and off the field.

After a 0-0 tie early last season, he posted a snarky message that appeared to express his discontent with being used as a lone center forward when he preferred to play behind a striker like France teammate Olivier Giourd. His Instagram photo with the hashtag pivotgang—a pun on the phrase pivot (target man)—was subsequently deleted.

Despite his impressive goal scoring record, Mbappe has not always been a fan favorite at the club.

Some supporters questioned why he stayed at all, given his declared goal of winning the Champions League and the Ballon d’Or title multiple times. He did not win anything with PSG.

PSG may have anticipated this moment, as it has already taken steps to adjust its focus in the aftermath of Messi and Neymar’s departures during the last year.

After years of difficulties with soccer violence and poor performance on the pitch, PSG’s fortunes changed after being acquired by Qatar Sports Investments in June 2011. PSG dominated French soccer, with some of the sport’s brightest names, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mbappe, Neymar, and Messi. However, it has begun to move away from that paradigm, adding Randal Kolo Muani and Bradley Barcola last year.

Madrid has long seen Mbappe as the ideal replacement to Karim Benzema, who left the Spanish club for Al Ittihad in Saudi Arabia last year.

It is unclear whether PSG will be able to find a replacement for Mbappe, who will leave a huge hole.

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