French international striker Kylian Mbappé extended his contract until 2025 with Paris Saint-Germain this weekend, when he was eagerly courted by Real Madrid. The 2018 world champion held a press conference on Monday at the Parc des Princes where he went over the details of this new lease.
The endless soap opera ended last Saturday. A few hours before PSG’s last match of the season against Metz at the Parc des Princes (5-0), striker Kylian Mbappé indicated that he was continuing the adventure at Paris Saint-Germain despite advances from Real Madrid. A new contract which runs until 2025 and which includes an annual salary of 50 million euros accompanied by a loyalty bonus of 100 million euros.
This Monday, he held a press conference in the auditorium of the Parc des Princes. He notably promised that he would never encroach on the sporting direction of the club when many upheavals have already taken place in the organization chart of PSG at the announcement of this signing. Luis Campos is tipped to replace Leonardo in the sporting direction of the club and a new coach should soon settle down at PSG. “I remain a football player, anchored in a collective, I will not go beyond this function, I will not go beyond my function as a player”, he assured the media.
Mbappé listened to the advice of Emmanuel Macron
At his side, during this press conference, stood Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, the president of PSG. He expressed his joy at seeing Kylian Mbappé choose the capital club. “This choice is a very strong sign, we are keeping the best player in the world”, savored the Qatari leader who also ensures that money was not the determining criterion in the choice of the former Monegasque. “Money is not the most important thing for Kylian, it’s the sportsman. Other clubs, including yours (Real Madrid, editor’s note) can pay more than us,” continued Al-Khelaïfi in response to a question from a Spanish journalist.
On the other hand, the point of view of the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, seems to have weighed in the balance. In any case, this is what the player recognized during this press conference. “We exchanged a lot of times. We’ll say that it was good advice. He wanted me to stay, it’s part of the negotiations. He’s one of the different people I spoke to about football. is there that we see that football has changed and that it has an important place in society”, continued Mbappé.
He wants to “lead France to the heights”
The Parisian striker also addressed a few words to Madrid supporters disappointed by the player’s final decision. “They have always accepted me as one of their own, you have to be grateful. I hope they will understand that I have chosen to stay in my country. I am French and as a Frenchman I want to continue a little to lead France to the heights”, he commented.
Finally, the tricolor striker returned to his disagreement with the French Football Federation on the exploitation of image rights. During the rally in March, Kylian Mbappé did not participate in a sponsorship operation at the Clairefontaine training center to show his opposition to the agreement signed by the Blues with the FFF for the exploitation of their image rights. . “A little misunderstanding” which will be “settled very quickly”, he assured. The striker justified this decision by explaining that “football has changed”, and that it was for him “to give a right of scrutiny over our name and what it is associated with”.