Kylian Mbappé has one year left on his contract at Paris Saint-Germain, but the latest reports indicate that the superstar may have already played his last match for his hometown club.
Both sides have dug in their heels. Mbappé has refused to opt into the third year of his current contract, and PSG refuses to lose the superstar on a free transfer. All roads lead to Les Parisiens listening to offers for Mbappé and eventually accepting a transfer fee. Football fans can bet on which club Mbappé will go to next by looking at this list of Australian online casino reviews, but it’s widely accepted that the 24-year-old has already chosen Real Madrid.
When Mbappé does walk away from PSG for good, he’ll leave behind plenty of fond memories, but one glaring hole will remain in his resume.
Despite being Paris Saint-Germain’s all-time leading scorer with 212 goals in all competitions, Mbappé failed to win the UEFA Champions League title. PSG has never won that trophy, and since the Qatar Sports Investments takeover, it’s been the primary goal. Even when surrounded by the likes of Neymar Jr. and Lionel Messi, Mbappé couldn’t get it done when it mattered most.
The closest PSG got to winning the Champions League was during the 2019-20 season. Unfortunately for Mbappé, it was Neymar who led PSG to the final against FC Bayern Munich as the France international recovered from injury. PSG ultimately lost that match, and they haven’t come that close since.
That brings us to the last couple of years in which Mbappé has toyed with supporters and club management over whether he will or won’t sign a contract to remain at PSG. He painstakingly waited until the end of the 2021-22 season to finally reveal his intention, which was to sign his current two-year deal with an option for a third. After just one season, though, we’re back to the same situation.
Mbappé won’t say whether he wants to stay or leave, only that he is happy at PSG, but if that’s the case, why not sign a new long-term contract or opt into the third year? The last couple of years have been so drama-filled, that many supporters are ready to see arguably the best player in the world leave for whatever transfer fee Real Madrid is willing to send PSG’s way. Is this how club legends leave a club?
For me, club legends don’t try to leave a club that has done so much for them in financial turmoil. They don’t toy with management and pull on the heartstrings of supporters. Mbappé may be the all-time leading scorer at PSG, but he never won the big one, and now, it appears he’s jumping ship to a team that could probably win it without him.