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The internet reacts as Kylian Mbappe picks PSG over Real Madrid

By Harry Edwards

Published: 18:05, 21 May 2022

Paris Saint-Germain have announced a new contract for Kylian Mbappe that will put an end to talk of a transfer to Real Madrid for the immediate future.

“I’m really happy to continue the adventure here at Paris Saint-Germain. To stay in Paris, my city,” he said.

“I hope that I will continue to do what I prefer to with you all… and win titles together! Thanks a lot”.

The future of Kylian Mbappe has been the talking point of football fans for quite some time now and the Frenchman appeared to be on his way to Real Madrid this summer, at the expiry of his contract at PSG. A long-time admirer of Los Blancos, Mbappe appeared set to form a frightening attacking line alongside Karim Benzema and Erling Haaland – who was also tipped to join Real Madrid.

When Mbappe scored twice against Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League, it was seen as an audition for his move to the Santiago Bernabeu, and he even received plaudits from Madridistas as if he were a loanee performing against his parent club.

According to reports in recent days, Mbappe had actually agreed deals with both Real Madrid and PSG and his decision would be made clear over the weekend, with neither club knowing what that would be.

And it is now certain that Mbappe will be staying at PSG for the upcoming season. Mbappe has signed a new there-year deal with PSG, with BBC Sport saying he will earn over £650,000 a week and retain the majority of his image rights, a commercially beneficial arrangement for the player.

But while PSG fans will be rejoicing, La Liga president Javier Tebas has hit out at Kylian Mbappe, calling the Frenchman’s reported new contract an “insult to football”.

“What PSG is going to do by renewing Mbappé with large amounts of money (to know where and how he pays them) after losses of €700M in recent seasons and having more than €600M of salary bill, is an insult to football. Al-Khelafi is as dangerous as the Super League,” he said.

La Liga have even reported PSG to Uefa, along with French and EU authorities, labelling the deal a “scandal.”

But Tebas wasn’t the only one to comment on a developing story that is dominating football.

Real Madrid players were told of Mbappe’s decision by club president Florentino Perez after their final game of the title-winning season, according to Guillem Balague, who added: “I hear it’s about a 150m Euros sign-on fee from PSG.”


According to journalist Romain Molina, Mauricio Pochettino and sporting director Leonardo will be leaving the club this summer.

Much was made of Mbappe’s supposed newfound influence on PSG transfers, with stories now emerging that the Ligue 1 champions will seek to sign his France teammate Ousmane Dembele.