Kylian Mbappe confirms he will stay at PSG for the sporting project

Kylian Mbappe gave a standing ovation by PSG supporters outside Parc des Princes after his press conference regarding his contract extension on May 23, 2022. (© AFP / FRANCK FIFE)

attacking star Kylian Mbappe A long-awaited press conference was held on Monday, May 23, 2022, two days after announcing its extension to Paris Saint-Germain (Paris Saint-Germain) until 2025. “A difficult decision”, he admitted while ensuring his stay in the club’s “sports” project. He also promised not to interfere in his direction choices.

To rebuild, PSG found its groundbreaking but wanted to clear things up in the crowded grandstand of the Parc des Princes, where hundreds of journalists from around the world took part in the finale of this long soap opera.

“This selection is a very strong sign, we retain the best player in the world,” said the Parisian president Nasser Al-Khelaifi At the beginning of this press conference. “Today is a great day for PSG, for our fans in France and around the world: Kylian will stay at PSG for the next three seasons, he’s important for us and for Team 1.”

All smiles, accompanied by his family and those around him (father Wilfried Mbappe, mother Faiza Al-Amari, brother Ethan, and lawyer Delphine Verheiden), Mbappe was able to savor the end of this period of uncertainty.

After this press conference, he was able to go to the front yard in Princes’ Garden To connect with super supporters and greet their audience, before you are a guest on our evening news at 8:00pm TF1.

Bondynois has already chosen to stay at Parishis favorite club, instead of going to him real madrid who had been flirting with him for months. But this choice was made for purely mathematical reasons and not for financial reasons, for example. “We talked about months of sports, hours (image credit) and minutes of money, that lasted five minutes,” Mbappe summed up, alternating between smiles and answers in French or English.

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“I won’t overstep my job”

He also said he wanted to “thank” the Real Madrid fans. “They have always accepted me as one of them, you should be grateful, and I hope they understand that I chose to stay in my country. I am French and as a French I want to go on a bit, to lead France to the heights and to attract this tournament and this club.”

Because if Mbappe chose to reject Real Madrid’s advance, risking alienating a large part of Spain, it is surely because he made sure that in Paris, he would be the “cornerstone of the project”, a formula already accepted by Al-Khelaifi.

The 2018 world champion (23) said he wants to extend the guarantees for sport, which he clearly obtained, with the first guarantee of sacking Leonardo’s sporting director on Saturday night to Sunday, shortly after the “Kyky” extension was formalized.

On the other hand, there is no doubt about Mbappe’s control over the athlete or claim anything, not even the captain’s armband, which is currently owned by Brazilian Marquinhos. “I’m still a football player, rooted in a team, and I’m not going to go beyond this job,” he emphasized.

‘Killian wants to win’

Its president, Nasser Al-Bayan, confirmed: “What Killian wants is to win. “He’s an important player, the best player in the world, but as a club we decide what we want to do,” he pleaded. “The sports project is important for all the players. Kylian has never asked for anything, he wants to win like us and that’s a good thing.”

No speech has ever sparked so much curiosity since its amazing arrival Lionel Messiwas presented with great fanfare in Paris in the heart of the summer of 2021. Except that at the time, PSG had a well-positioned sporting director and coach already planning for upcoming sporting events.

This time, Nasser Al-Khelaifi did not give any clues about the upcoming decisions to beat the Parisian project: coach Mauricio Pochettino, under contract until 2023 but will be relieved, will he be replaced? Who will succeed Leonardo after he mentioned the Portuguese name Luis Campos? “I don’t know who Jorge Campos is, this conference is about Killian,” said the Parisian president sarcastically at a journalist who scratched the Portuguese’s first name.

It also remains to be seen who will be the next coach among the “shortlist” already rumored in the press (Zidane, Motta, Martinez, Conte, Galtier) and how the workforce will be rebuilt, with the question of undesirables leaving the high salary but low performance. (Draxler, Kurzawa, Icardi, Herrera, Rico…).

Here are a lot of questions to match the sporting influence of Bondenois, who is unparalleled in France after this fantastic season which was crowned with the top goalscorer and best passer awards at the same time, a first in France.

Source: © 2022 AFP

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