Kylian Mbappe edging toward PSG exit amidst contract dispute

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TOPSHOT - France's forward Kylian Mbappe leaves the pitch after their loss in the UEFA EURO 2020 round of 16 football match between France and Switzerland at the National Arena in Bucharest on June 28, 2021. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / POOL / AFP) (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Kylian Mbappe’s future with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) is now in doubt. Following the Frenchman’s poor showing at the Euros, he faces another obstacle in his contract negotiations with his club.

As first reported by L’Equipe, Kylian Mbappe informed the side that he would not extend his contract at the club. PSG offered him a massive extension earlier in the year, which he also denied. Next season is Mbappe’s last season under contract.

With his future in Paris very uncertain, many clubs seek to sign the forward. At just 22, Mbappe already established himself as one of the world’s best players. To date, he has 162 goals in 234 total career matches.

Despite his high market value, this summer hasn’t been too kind. France recently saw an extremely early exit in this year’s Euros, where they were among the favorites to win. In 4 matches, Mbappe failed to score a single goal. Very uncharacteristic for the usually prolific attacker.

Regardless, teams still want him on their rosters, and it seems more likely than ever that he leaves PSG. Although contract talks went dry between the club and Mbappe, there is a chance they may not leave on a paid transfer this year. His market value hovers around $190 million. Paired with the effects of the pandemic, many clubs cannot afford a fee that large.

However, when his contract expires at the end of next season, teams will no doubt chase him on a free transfer.

Mbappe himself has yet to speak on the matter publicly. However, he aimed not to sour ties between him and the club as he reportedly has a great relationship with the organization. Just last year, he said the following:

“Everyone knows I have a deep connection to the club. I want to thank them because when I come here, I am no one. They gave me more confidence than I deserved. I have always been grateful to the officers and the club. PSG knows my feelings and knows I will not do anything to damage the club.”

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Wherever Mbappe lands either this summer or the next is sure to be one of the world’s biggest clubs. As of now, Madrid remains the top suitor.

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