Mbappe: I told Real Madrid that I was staying at PSG

Kylian Mbappe reveals he spoke to Real Madrid to inform them he was staying at Paris Saint-Germain in new £650k per week deal, as club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi hints the striker turned down a move to Spain despite being offered MORE money

  • Kylian Mbappe surprised many by opting to stay with PSG this summer
  • The France striker’s contract was due to expire at the end of the season
  • However he has committed to a new three-year deal despite Real Madrid interest
  • PSG president insists Mbappe was more interested in PSG’s sporting project 

Kylian Mbappe has revealed how he spoke to Real Madrid to inform them that he was turning down the chance to join them this summer before publicly confirming a new deal to stay at Paris Saint-Germain.

The France striker’s future had been unclear throughout the campaign with his initial contract at the newly crowned champions being set to expire at the end of the season.

Real Madrid have held a long term interest in the World Cup winner and had multiple bids for the forward turned down last summer including one for £154million.

Kylian Mbappe (right) poses with PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi  on Monday having confirmed his he will stay at the French champions for another three years

Yet Mbappe confirmed on Saturday before scoring a hat-trick in a 5-0 win over Metz on the final day of the season that he would be staying in France on a new three-year mega deal worth £34million a season at £650,000 per week, despite all signs pointing to him of heading to the Bernabeu.

In a press conference on Monday, Mbappe told reporters that he made up his mind as late as last week but insists he was honest to all parties throughout the talks over his future and that he personally contacted Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to show his respect to their interest by informing him them of his decision privately. 

‘It was last week’ Mbappe said. ‘I didn’t announce it to my team-mates because the club didn’t want me to. They wanted that to remain a secret and a surprise for everybody, even though it was hard to keep surprises.

Mbappe though admitted he had contacted Real Madrid Florentino Perez to inform him privately that he would be staying at the Parc des Princes as a mark of respect 

Madrid chief Perez was hoping to land Mbappe on a free transfer from PSG this summer

‘I think a lot of people had some information on Saturday. I wanted to call the Real Madrid president Florentino Perez before announcing it at Paris Saint-Germain.

‘I have a lot of respect for him and their club they have done a lot to make me as happy as possible. As a respectful person I owed to it to them to speak to them personally I though that was the best thing to do.

‘We managed to finalise the contract and announce the news at the Parc des Princes.’

Mbappe has enjoyed an excellent season at PSG helping the club win back the Ligue 1 title having scored the most goals and provided the most assists in France during the campaign. 

Mbappe was sat beside PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi who hit back at LaLiga chief Javier Tebas following the Spanish top flight’s recent claims that they would report Mbappe’s failed Madrid move to UEFA as being against the economic interest of the game.  

Mbappe ended the season in France as the top scorer and the top assist maker

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi insists Mbappe was attracted to the sporting project at PSG

‘Maybe Tebas is worried that Ligue 1 becomes stronger than La Liga… La Liga isn’t the same as it was three or four years ago’, Al Khelaifi said. ‘We have Mbappe, he stays with us and the rest, honestly I don’t care’.

Al Khelaifi also hinted that Mbappe didn’t just stay PSG due to the financial clout of his side, suggesting that a move away from Parc des Princes was a more lucrative option for the striker. 

‘Money is not the most important thing for Kylian Mbappe. There’s another club in Spain that can pay way more than us. The sports project was the most important point for Mbappe,’ he added.


‘Faced with Kylian Mbappé’s possible announcement of remaining at Paris Saint-Germain, LaLiga wants to state that this type of agreement threatens the economic sustainability of European football, putting hundreds of thousands of jobs and sporting integrity at risk in the medium term, not only from European competitions, but also from our domestic leagues.

‘It is scandalous that a club like PSG, which last season lost more than 220 million euros, after having accumulated losses of 700 million euros in recent seasons (even declaring income from sponsorships of a very dubious amount) with a cost of sports staff around 650 million for this 21/22 season, can face an agreement of these characteristics while those clubs that could accept the arrival of the player without seeing their wage bill compromised, are left without being able to sign him.

‘For all of the above, LaLiga is going to file a complaint against PSG before UEFA, administrative and tax authorities in France and before the competent bodies of the European Union to continue defending the economic ecosystem of European football and its sustainability. .

‘On previous occasions, LaLiga has already made complaints against PSG for non-compliance with UEFA’s financial fair play as a result of which UEFA harshly sanctioned PSG, although the CAS revoked them in a strange resolution.

‘LaLiga and many European football institutions were hopeful that with the entry of the PSG president, Mr. Nasser Al-Khelaifi, into European football management bodies such as the former UEFA or the ECA Presidency, he would refrain from carrying out these practices knowing the serious damage they cause, but it has not been like that, quite the opposite. Being PSG with unacceptable salary masses, with large economic losses in previous seasons, it assumes an impossible investment in this situation, which undoubtedly implies non-compliance with the current economic control regulations not only of UEFA, but of French football itself. .

‘These behaviors denote even more that the state clubs do not respect or want to respect the rules of an economic sector as important as football, key to the sustainability of hundreds of thousands of jobs.

‘This type of behavior led by Nasser Al-Khelaifi, president of PSG, due to his status as a member of the former UEFA, president of the ECA, is a danger to European football at the same level as the Super League.’


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