Why Mbappé Needs to Be Honest With Paris Saint-Germain

Kylian Mbappé is under contract with Paris Saint-Germain until June 30, 2022, but that is hardly a deterrent for clubs like Real Madrid who are obsessed with the idea of signing the Frenchman as reported by Marca.

PSG obviously want to keep their star forward and are willing to pay the price to due so according to Le10Sport. Now, Paris United has disputed those claims that the club offered the 20-year-old Bondy-native a contract extension worth €50 million net per year, but it’s safe to say the club will open up the vault and offer Mbappé a substantial salary increase if he were to stay in Paris but €50 million might be a stretch. Per Paris United, Mbappé currently makes €18 million annually while Neymar Jr. receives upwards around €37 million. It’s more realistic to think PSG will offer Mbappé a contract extension with a salary somewhere around €35-€40 million per year.

Regardless of what the offer is though, we still don’t know if Mbappé actually wants to stay in Paris for the foreseeable future. We know that he’s interested in signing with David Beckham’s agency and he has ambitions to win the Ballon d’Or and UEFA Champions League. He can do all of these things at PSG but he will likely want to see how this season plays out before making any decisions. Paris has proven to be able to build a great squad around him—better than Real Madrid and FC Barcelona you could argue—but if PSG can’t overcome their mental deficiencies, he will likely want to move on to a new club to pursue the goals he has set for himself.

Let’s say PSG reach the semi-finals of the Champions League and Mbappé returns from his current injury and has a great season even with his lofty standards. Would he sign an extension with PSG? That is why I believe he needs to be honest with the club. If he has no intention of signing an extension and wants to leave, he should tell PSG as soon as possible so that they can facilitate the best deal for everyone. As we saw with Neymar last summer and documented by Bleacher Report, staying quiet and letting your representatives do the talking behind the scenes is a recipe for disaster. Your teammates suffer because they are constantly asked about a potential transfer and fans resent you for not being honest.

No one would begrudge Mbappé for wanting a move to Real Madrid. Sure, supporters will be upset about him leaving, but everyone knows he idolized Cristiano Ronaldo growing up as reported by Marca and playing for CR7’s former club would surely be a dream of his. However, if he goes about it the wrong way and drags PSG along, it will spoil what has been a great relationship with his hometown club.

If Mbappé does want to stay in Paris, which I believe is his best option at the moment, he needs to simply tell sporting director Leonardo what he wants and I’m confident the club will make it happen as he is the priority over Neymar. PSG, right now, is a better team than Real Madrid. They proved it on the pitch in the Champions League this season and on paper, PSG’s squad is much more talented. Not to mention Paris is home for Mbappé and that should mean something to him. Winning a major title for PSG would be a bigger triumph for Mbappé than adding to Real Madrid’s already stacked trophy cabinet.

I believe in the coming months, PSG will offer Mbappé a lucrative contract extension. It would be smart of him to play out the season and see how things go in the Champions League. Once that is clear though, he needs to make it known what his intentions are. PSG will already be dealing with Neymar’s desire to leave the club and can ill afford to have a second star who is hot and cold about whether he wants to leave or not.

Despite the number of injuries sustained to key players, PSG remains at the top of their group in the Champions League and top of Ligue 1. This could be a very special season for Thomas Tuchel’s squad and one that could ultimately persuade both Mbappé and Neymar that Paris is the place to be.

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