Kylian Mbappe, the football sensation from Paris Saint-Germain, has reportedly made a bold decision to sit out the entire 2023-24 season.
This comes after PSG excluded him from their preseason tour of Japan and South Korea. Despite his contract with the French club until 2024, Mbappe has declined to sign an extension, fueling rumors of a potential move to Real Madrid. PSG alleges that Mbappe has agreed to join Real Madrid on a free transfer after his current contract expires, which they see as a significant breach of trust, given his previous statement about not leaving for free.
This has led PSG’s owners to insist that he must be sold if he cannot agree to stay longer with the reigning Ligue 1 champions.
Earlier this week, a report from The Athletic suggested that PSG would listen to offers considerably lower than the £155m they paid to sign Mbappe from Monaco in 2017.
PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi has insisted it would be ‘impossible’ for Mbappe to leave for free.
He said: ‘
We want him to stay but he can’t leave for free. There was a verbal agreement and he had discussed it in an interview. And I was really shocked to learn that he had decided to leave for free.
‘It’s very disappointing because Mbappe is a fantastic boy, a real gentleman and to leave for free, weakening the biggest club in France, it’s not him. When I heard the news, I was shocked and disappointed.
‘It’s like that for him and everyone else. Nobody is bigger than the club, no player, not even me. It’s very clear.’
‘It’s for him to decide for himself next week, or at most in the next two weeks. And if he does not want to sign a new contract, the door is open.