When Kylian Mbappe opted to sign a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain, it left many in Spain filled with anger. For the last several weeks, many assumed that it was set in stone that the 23-year-old would join Real Madrid.
However, the France international opted to sign a three-year deal, keeping him in his hometown until 2025. During his press conference, a couple of questions were about how he is now going to be perceived.
Mbappe stated that there was no agreement on his part despite what many in the media have reported that he had a verbal deal with the Spanish giants; however, that wasn’t the case.
“I didn’t agree with anyone. I’ve always worked that way. We discussed the outlines of the contracts. But I had no agreement. I can understand the disappointment. I thank them,” Mbappe said, per Canal Supporters.
“All the “Madridistas” wanted to welcome me. I am only grateful to them. I did not say no to Real Madrid. I said yes to France and to PSG. I had the call of the homeland and the capital. It was too early to leave for free.”
The media also asked Mbappe whether playing with PSG would hamper his ambition to win the Ballon d’Or rather than heading to Real Madrid, where he would be a prominent star and figure to challenge for the award.
“You can’t compare Madrid and Paris. Madrid is a much older club. But the rules of the Ballon d’Or have changed. We don’t really care about the club.
“He is the best player who is Ballon d’Or. It is not like it used to be. It is the one that burns the retina the most. It doesn’t matter where you play; if you are the best, you are Ballon d’Or.”
Regardless of what Mbappe says, some Real Madrid supporters have made their minds up and don’t want the French star anywhere near the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium; whether that sticks until 2025 remains to be seen.