Published on 22 May 2022 2:28 am (UK Time)
The 2018 World Cup winner, Kylian Mbappe, announced he had signed a new three-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain before the final home game against Metz.
“I am convinced that here I can continue to grow within a club that gives itself all the means to perform at the highest level,” Mbappe said in a club statement.
“I am also very happy to be able to continue playing in France, the country where I was born, grew up, and flourished.”
Mbappe turning down a move to Real Madrid.
Real Madrid had long been confident they would sign the France striker this summer. They were convinced it was all wrapped up; they felt they had his word.
However, on Saturday, the French forward called Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to communicate his decision, turning down a move to La Liga despite having positive talks with the Spanish champions last week.
Mbappe joined PSG from Monaco in 2017 in a deal worth up to €180m and has established himself as one of the world’s best forwards. PSG rejected several offers from Madrid for him last summer, the last worth €200m on deadline day, and have tried to persuade him to continue with the club.
Mbappe has enjoyed a stunning season, helping the club win a tenth Ligue 1 title with his exceptional performance. The 23-year-old France international has the most goals and most assists of any player in the league, with 25 and 17, respectively.
Notwithstanding, it is still hard for the World Cup winner to win the Ballon d’Or at PSG. He would need to have a perfect Champions League campaign with PSG, scoring 10 goals or more and winning the tournament, for that to happen.
For now, PSG has successfully kept the France forward, and they will hope that is the catalyst for them to finally win the Champions League they crave so much.