Paris, 5 Apr 2022 (AFP) – “Yes, of course”, Kylian Mbappé could end up staying at Paris Saint-Germain. By replying with a few words after having played a great game on Sunday afternoon, the world champion reignited the debate about his future.
“I’ve already given you enough information, I think you have enough to be able to work”, he told reporters, smiling, in the mixed zone of the Parc des Princes, after having destroyed Lorient (5-1) with two goals and three assists.
“I don’t want to be wrong,” he added, claiming he hadn’t “made my decision. I know people are taking too long, they talk to me about it every day…”.
Cautious when it comes to speaking, Mbappé does not usually make statements without reason and knew perfectly well that the sports newsrooms would be boiling after his interviews on three occasions: first with Prime Video, then twice in the mixed zone for the written press and then in front of radio and televisions.
Mbappé repeated: “No, I didn’t choose, I didn’t make my decision. I’m reflecting, there are new elements, too many parameters.”
It is precisely these “new elements” that generate speculation, but neither the club nor the player’s surroundings have clarified the mystery about them.
– Responsibilities – Among the new elements would be the entry of a third club in the dispute, alongside PSG and Real Madrid, according to a close source, who specified that this third club “is not Barcelona”.
But the key may lie in the “project”: he repeated on several occasions that he wanted responsibilities, perhaps symbolized by the captain’s armband.
It’s not a financial issue for sure, according to a source who is working with the player on his future, noting that “Kylian will have money everywhere” he can play.
The same source recalls that the club is willing to offer everything to renew Mbappé, whose contract ends in June and is free to go, for example, to Real Madrid, who have been interested in the player for years.
The fact that he still has not renewed at the beginning of April, despite numerous offers from PSG since last season, does not favor optimism about his future in Paris.
The disaster in Madrid, where the club stumbled again (1-0 win and 3-1 defeat in the return game) in the Champions League, the French player’s obsession, seems to have instilled in him the idea that it is impossible to get up ‘Orelhuda’ if you stay in the French capital.
But the player, hungry to make history in football, also knows that he would stand out more by winning the first one with PSG than one more with Real Madrid, which already has 13 in its trophy room.
Meanwhile, on Sunday night he played and spoke like a leader, defending both his current team’s colors and the group as a whole from the anger of his own fans.
– “The best in the world” – “They have the right not to be happy”, but “we all lost in Madrid, you shouldn’t attack certain players”, without a doubt defending Lionel Messi and Neymar, booed three weeks ago and at peace with the stadium on Sunday night.
Mbappé reaffirmed that he has always “assumed”. Indeed, earlier in the season he spoke to the newspaper L’Equipe about his uneven Eurocup and his desire to move to Real Madrid, before staying on and becoming by far the best player of the Paris season.
After refusing to comply with one of the French national team’s marketing rules, an attitude that generated controversy, he returned to assume his actions, shining on the field in the following game against South Africa (5-0).
Mbappé refused on March 22 to participate in a promotional event with sponsors of the French Football Federation (FFF) as a protest against the management of the image rights of the ‘Bleus’.
With both France and PSG, he is indispensable. Sporting director Leonardo reaffirmed to L’Equipe a month ago, promising he would “try everything” to keep “the best player in the world”.
Mbappé is once again at the center of the news, while on the pitch he will only be able to celebrate the French championship title, after eliminations in the Coupe de France and the Champions League.
The French star is once again at the center of the Parisian club’s revolution that could change everything, with the possible departure of coach Mauricio Pochettino and even Leonardo.
And that’s how in a single night Mbappé set the pitch and the transfer market on fire.