Kylian Mbappe said he was “very happy” to stay at Paris Saint-Germain after the club president announced on Saturday that the World Cup winner has refused Real Madrid a stay in France until 2025.
“I’m very happy to stay in France, in Paris, in my city,” Mbappe told supporters on the Parc des Princes pitch before scoring his new contract with a hat-trick in PSG’s 5-0 win over Metz in the league final. 1 game of the season.
Standing next to PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Mbappe said: “I hope I can continue doing what I love the most: winning football matches and winning trophies with all of you.”
Mbappe’s hat-trick on Saturday took his tally of league goals for the season to 28.
His decision ends months of speculation surrounding world football’s hottest property.
Real Madrid had been chasing Mbappe for months and reportedly reached an agreement with him months ago for a transfer to Spain which would have included a signing fee of 150 million euros ($158 million).
Mbappe had made no secret of his desire to one day play for Real, who face Liverpool in the Champions League final in Paris next weekend after securing a 35th Spanish title.
But PSG, who won the Ligue 1 title for a record tenth time but infuriated their die-hard fans with their limp exit to Real in the Champions League round of 16, fought to retain its greatest asset.
– ‘Insult to football’ –
Spanish La Liga president Javier Tebas complained bitterly on Saturday that the massive financial resources of Qatari owners PSG had proved instrumental in persuading Mbappe to stay in France.
“What PSG are doing by renewing Mbappe with large sums of money… after recording losses of 700 million euros in recent seasons and a wage bill of more than 600 million euros, is an INSULT to football,” Tebas tweeted.
La Liga announced in a press release that it was launching an official complaint against the actions of PSG “with UEFA, the French administrative and tax authorities and the competent decision-making bodies of the European Union”.
In his tweet, Tebas also called Khelaifi a ‘danger to European football’.
Mbappe will now line up next season alongside Neymar and likely Lionel Messi – if he stays at the club – to help PSG in their long quest to clinch the Champions League, the title that has so far eluded them. .
Real Madrid fans were puzzled after the high-profile decision collapsed.
“Now I don’t want him to come to Real Madrid anymore. It’s not worth it,” 42-year-old Real Madrid fan David Pulido told AFP.
“Mbappe has played on both fronts. First he wanted to come to Madrid, and now for the money he is staying at PSG. I have no interest in Mbappe anymore, I’m sorry. He’s a great player. I used to like him sometimes, but not anymore.”
Mbappe joined PSG on a season-long loan from Monaco in August 2017 which turned into a permanent deal worth €180m.
He helped the club win four Ligue 1 titles in five seasons.
In this season’s Champions League exit against Real, Mbappe scored in both legs of the draw but couldn’t prevent PSG from losing 3-2 on aggregate.
He will be a key figure when France try to defend the World Cup in November and December.
Real Madrid supporters’ association president Luis Caceres told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope that “Real Madrid have won 13 Champions Leagues without Mbappe. We won’t miss him.”