Paris Saint-Germain player Kylian Mbappe against Barcelona, (c) Champions League Facebook.

Kylian Mbappe reiterates his desire to leave Paris Saint-Germain

Kylian Mbappe does not want to extend his stay at Paris Saint-Germain beyond the expiry of his current contract, which ends in June 2022.

Paris Saint-Germain have commenced training ahead of the upcoming campaign and began welcoming participants from the Copa America and European Championships earlier this week. Kylian Mbappe was one of those who arrived to training on Friday despite there being a dark cloud surrounding his future, which looks away from France, at the moment.

Some weeks ago, it had been reported that Mbappe will not renew his contract at the Parc des Princes beyond June 2022, as he wishes to leave the club and join Real Madrid. According to Marca, the Frenchman has reaffirmed his desire to leave after meeting with Mauricio Pochettino at PSG’s training facility on his first day of pre-season training.

Les Parisians have had a busy transfer window so far as they have locked in on Achraf Hakimi, Georginio Wijnaldum, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Sergio Ramos, already, in addition to extending Neymar’s deal. They are now also in the race to sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United in their bid to build an unparalleled sporting project.

Mbappe’s desire to leave Paris Saint-Germain undoubtedly comes as a setback to the club and its long-term ambitions. His decision to leave definitely puts the ball in Real Madrid’s court because if they don’t sign him this summer, they can land him for free next year. On the other hand, PSG will be breathing a bit uneasily at the prospect of losing him for free.

Nasser Al-Khelaifi said some time ago that Mbappe would certainly stay in Paris, but the latest developments regarding the 22-year-old’s future surely indicate that he sees himself elsewhere. In a rational condition, the Ligue 1 giants should get rid of the player by the end of the summer transfer window in the event that he continues to stall on a renewal.

Although the board of directors may be optimistic about convincing the player into staying at the club by offering him a bumper contract, it is too big a risk to take for a player of Mbappe’s calibre. Instead of selling a player and cashing in on 150 million euros this time around, Mbappe may depart for free in 2022 and cause PSG a heavy monetary loss.

Should Real Madrid, Mbappe’s most likely destination, and Paris Saint-Germain manage to strike an agreement over his transfer this summer, the latter would pocket a significant amount of money to spend on signing a replacement for their outgoing superstar, which could also be Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland- the most like-for-like option.

With the financial prowess that they have which is being backed by a highly captivating ambition to become serial winners, PSG may be able to effectively attract any player to the club in the ongoing summer as well. Pochettino is also known to personally talk to his targets, which puts the French side in a very good place to win titles even without Mbappe.