Paris Saint-Germain will likely be without Kylian Mbappé as the 24-year-old opted not to trigger the option to extend his contract until 2025. However, the capital club will not have a player with the last name Mbappé on the first team.
Ethan Mbappé will not return to the youth ranks (h/t Paris Fans). The midfielder stays with the first team as the squad prepares for the first game of the Ligue 1 2023-24 season against FC Lorient on Saturday at the Parc des Princes.
The 16-year-old likely impressed new manager Luis Enrique during training sessions and pregame contests during PSG’s summer tour in Japan and South Korea. Will it be enough for Mbappé to see minutes on Saturday? That remains a mystery.
Nonetheless, under Enrique, it seems youth players will have a shot to be on the first team and see minutes. Supporters want PSG to lean on their academy, considering the gems that have left the club for greener pastures.
Mbappé could join Warren Zaïre-Emery and lead this shift where young players receive prominent roles to earn significant playing time.