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PSG president confident Mbappe will stay next season amid Real Madrid transfer talk

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Kylian Mbappe is still very much on the radar of Real Madrid as the club continues to keep tabs on him for the summer of 2024.

He will be available as a free agent, and could join Madrid on a Bosman move – something that was expected in 2022 before he renewed his contract for two years.

The Frenchman was very nearly on the move this summer as well, as he publicly announced that he would not be renewing his contract with PSG after 2024, which alerted Madrid, among other clubs.

The French giants wanted him out of the club in the summer to avoid losing him for free, but Mbappe refused to move, and was not allowed to train with the senior team until gameday two when they took on Toulouse.

Mbappe to continue at Madrid?

In an interesting turn of events, though, PSG’s president Nasser Al-Khelaifi suggested that the winger will be at the club next summer, as well.

“Kylian Mbappe is a PSG player. We are happy to have him, we will have him next season. He loves this club and is a fantastic player. He’s the best player in the world. We are happy!”, he said in conversation with Meczyki.pl.

The Frenchman has been linked with a move away for several years, at this point, but continues to stay in Paris. He is currently on the biggest contract in European football, as well.

At war with Real Madrid and Barcelona

Al-Khelaifi was also asked about rumours claiming that he is at war against Barcelona and Real Madrid regarding the Super League project, to which he replied:

“Those clubs themselves know that I never mention their names. I always repeat and advise that they can return to the ECA at any time. Join the family. They are welcome. Juevntus has already withdrawn from the Super League project. I’m not against Barcelona or Real.”

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PSG president wanted Real Madrid to bear Mbappe’s €80 million loyalty bonus

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It is only a matter of days before Kylian Mbappe is officially confirmed as a Real Madrid player.

The French superstar announced his departure from PSG as a free agent recently and even though nothing is official yet, everything points to him arriving at the Spanish capital club.

An official announcement and presentation are expected to take place sometime before the UEFA Euro 2024 starts.

While the move is all but done, it appears that PSG, in particular president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, are left with a bitter taste over Mbappe’s imminent exit.

Al-Khelaifi wanted Real Madrid to pay €80 million

As has already been reported, Al-Khelaifi tried to convince Mbappe to snub Real Madrid by presenting various arguments which had no effect.

Now, French publication L’Equipe has brought forth a report which claims that the PSG president simply cannot accept the fact that Mbappe is joining Real Madrid for free.

And things are now happening behind the scenes which suggest that the Frenchman’s departure will be far from smooth and amicable.

Indeed, as per the report, PSG have not paid Mbappe his salary for the month of April as well as an additional bonus he was due.

This is because of the €80 million loyalty bonus payment that the club had made to the France captain back in February, even though he had waived it off after deciding not to renew his contract.

Headed for an ugly split with PSG. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

In August 2023, after he was frozen out of the team for refusing to extend his contract, Mbapp agreed to give up his loyalty bonus so that PSG do not suffer a huge financial hit as a result of his leaving as a free agent this summer.

However, Al Khelaifi made a U-turn and granted Mbappe the loyalty bonus in February this year, with the caveat that Real Madrid cover the €80 million as compensation for the 25-year-old leaving for free.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, however, refused that demand as he deemed that it was completely out of the question, as the La Liga champions are not obligated to pay for a player who will be out of contract in a few weeks.

A complete breakdown

Things have not been well between Mbappe and Al-Khelaifi ever since the player informed him of his decision to leave PSG.

The report suggests that the pair are no longer on speaking terms and that lawyers are involved in trying to resolve the matter of the unpaid dues.

PSG are looking for written confirmation that their all-time top scorer will waive the €80 million, which he had agreed to in the past, only for the club to make the payment.

As for Mbappe, he wants the money he is owed as part of his salary which was not paid in April.

Al-Khelaifi has not had the best relation with Perez either and this development further escalates the situation.

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