Real Madrid produced one of the greatest comebacks in recent years when they overturned a two-goal deficit in the second half to beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 on aggregate, effectively knocking them out of Europe’s elite competition.
Karim Benzema delivered a performance for the ages, scoring a second-half hat-trick that even drew praises from Barcelona veteran Dani Alves.
On the flip side, the defeat has put the PSG players and the coach Mauricio Pochettino under further scrutiny. After yet again failing to land the Champions League title, it won’t be surprising to see Pochettino, as well as a few other squad members being laid off in the summer.
In a shocking report from reputed journalist Romain Molina, it appears not all of PSG’s staff members are unhappy with the club’s elimination from the Champions League.
Many employees are, in fact, delighted with PSG’s elimination, which is indicative of a dysfunctional environment at the club. Molina went on to reveal that the employees are treated horribly, and some even get spat on by President Nasser Al-Khelaifi’s entourage.
Molina added in his report, stating: “If PSG fans knew 5% of what goes on in their club, not one person would go to Parc Des Princes anymore.”
The toxic environment at PSG is not only restricted to staff members as even some of the players are unhappy with the management, including coach Pochettino and sporting director Leonardo Araujo.
The list could potentially include Kylian Mbappe, who has been subjected to a summer move to Santiago Bernabeu. Given the PSG’s elimination from the Champions League, it will, no doubt, significantly increase Real Madrid’s chances of snapping up the Frenchman in a free transfer later this summer.
Real Madrid the most likely destination for Kylian Mbappe with Liverpool not pushing for transfer
Journalist Florian Plettenberg has affirmed that despite Liverpool’s continued interest, Real Madrid remain the most realistic destination for Kylian Mbappe either for next year or the year after that.
As far as PSG are concerned, the Ligue 1 champions are totally relaxed over the drama as they are now financially secure for his possible departure. Nonetheless, Liverpool are not at all pushing for the player which leaves Real Madrid as the only team as suitors.
Mbappe has declined an extension offer from PSG, as his current deal is set to expire in 2024 and the 24-year-old forward seems poised to determine his future destination sooner rather than later.
As for Real Madrid, while they have denied holding any talks with the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner, the interest in him has always been there as he remains one of the club’s main targets for 2024.
One last attempt for Mbappe?
Real Madrid have been chasing Mbappe since 2021 and while there have been instances when he almost joined, the move has always failed to materialise for some reason.
Last year, he ended up signing a new contract and this year, as he looked certain to leave PSG, a sudden change of heart saw him stay put. Now, there are going to be some repercussions of his continued ignorance.
These repercussions Mbappe will experience if rejects Madrid once again as it is said that the team from the Spanish capital is fed up with playing this game and if the move fails next summer, the door for Mbappe will be closed forever.
On the contrary, Plettenberg reports that it is not a matter of if for Mbappe, but a matter of when.
So even if they somehow miss out on his acquisition this summer, they will be able to sign him in 2025 as they are currently the only team running for his signature.