Killian Mbape said he was “very happy” to stay at Paris Saint-Germain after the club’s president announced on Saturday that the World Cup winner is refusing Real to stay in France until 2025.
“I am very happy to stay in France, in Paris, in my hometown,” Mbape told fans at the Parc des Princes before marking his new contract with a hat-trick in PSG’s 5-0 victory over Metz. 0 in their final League. 1 match per season.
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Standing next to PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Mbape said: “I hope I can continue to do what I love most – win football matches and trophies with all of you.”
Saturday’s hat-trick Mbape brought his total goals for the season to 28.
His decision stops months of speculation around perhaps the hottest real estate in world football.
Real Madrid have been pursuing Mbape for several months and reportedly agreed with him a few months ago to move to Spain, which would include a registration fee of $ 225 million.
But, according to Spanish football expert Gilem Balage, Mbape will receive payment from PSG for a similar figure, and Sky Sports also reports that his three-year deal includes a salary of about $ 1.7 million.
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Mbape has made no secret of his desire to play for Real Madrid, which will face Liverpool in the Champions League final in Paris next weekend after winning the 35th Spanish title.
But PSG, who have won the Ligue 1 title for a record tenth time but angered their avid fans with their sluggish exit to Real in the 1/8 finals of the Champions League, is struggling to keep its biggest asset.
Spanish La Liga president Javier Tebas bitterly complained on Saturday that the huge financial resources of Qatari’s PSG owners proved crucial in persuading Mbape to stay in France.
“What PSG is doing by rebuilding Mbape with a lot of money … after losing 700 million euros in recent seasons and having a salary fund of more than 600 million euros, is an insult to football,” Thebes wrote.
La Liga said in a statement that it was launching a formal complaint against PSG’s actions “to UEFA, the French administrative and fiscal authorities and the relevant European Union decision-making bodies”.
“This type of agreement attacks the economic sustainability of European football, threatens hundreds of thousands of jobs and sporting integrity – not only in European competitions but also in domestic leagues,” the statement said.
“This is a scandalous club like PSG, which last season reported losses of more than 220 million euros after accumulating losses of more than 700 million euros in previous seasons (with a questionable estimate of sponsorship income) with a cost of sports staff of about 650 million euros. this season 2021-22, may face an agreement on these characteristics, while clubs that could accept the player’s arrival without seeing their payroll compromised remain without the ability to sign it ”.
In his Twitter account, Thabas also called Helaifi “a danger to European football.” Now Mbape will line up next season with Neymar and probably Lionel Messi – if he stays at the club – to help PSG in their long-term quest to win the Champions League, a title they have yet to achieve.
Real Madrid fans were embarrassed after a widely promoted move failed.
“Now I don’t want him to come to Real anymore. It’s not worth it, “David Pulida, a 42-year-old Real Madrid fan, told AFP.
“Mbape played on both fronts. At first he wanted to come to Madrid, and now for that money he stays at PSG. Mbape, I’m sorry, I’m not interested anymore. He is a great player. Sometimes I liked him, but not now. ”
In August 2017, Mbape moved to PSG during the season on loan from Monaco, which turned into a permanent deal worth 180 million euros.
He helped the club win four Ligue 1 titles in five seasons. In his exit from the Champions League to Real Madrid this season, Mbape scored in both draws, but was unable to prevent PSG from losing 3-2 overall.
He will be a key figure if France tries to defend the World Cup in November and December.
Luis Cáceres, president of Real Madrid associations, told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope that Real had won 13 Champions Leagues without Mbape. Don’t miss it. “