If Kylian Mbappé decides it’s time to leave Paris Saint-Germain, his exit will affect the capital club and French football. The 24-year-old is a name that many want to see when PSG plays on the road.
Whether it’s Ligue 1 stadiums or lower division venues during the Coup de France, the lack of Mbappé will hurt. The current president of Montpellier, Laurent Nicollin, noted how Ligue 1’s television rights would be affected by not having the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner.
“When you call for suitors, it’s always better to have your best players,” Nicollin told RMC Sport (h/t Canal Supporters). “Even if Mbappé is not there, Paris takes Dembélé. Lyon has a big team, Marseille has a big team and has tried to take four or five top-level players. We had an exciting championship last year, both up and down.
“Afterward, it’s always better to have Mbappé, but that’s a whole. You have to play with a team. There is Lens, Nice, and Strasbourg. Foreign capital makes it possible to keep the best players and to have new ones. We have gone to 18 clubs, so there will be fewer games, and the teams will be better in Europe.
“We will have more UEFA points. To sell our rights, European clubs must bring in points. I think that Ligue 1 is a championship of a very high level. We have a European-level deficiency, especially when you see that the Belgians, Dutch, and Portuguese go far. We went to 18 for that.”
The Frenchman appears to have his heart set on a move to Real Madrid. However, he could wait until next summer to leave the capital club as a free agent. Nonetheless, PSG will push for a move this year to ensure they secure a transfer fee.
A few weeks remain until the summer transfer window, and all focus will be on Mbappé. Will the Frenchman leave, or will he stand firm and exit as a free agent?