After a long-awaited announcement, Kylian Mbappé has decided to stay at PSG and continue his career in France. He was rumored to be close to departing PSG for Spanish superpower Real Madrid but ends up inking a new contract to stay where he is. The decision was a surprise to many as those around the sport truly believed that he would be heading to La Liga. It was one of the worst kept secrets in sports but ultimately never came to fruition.
It was reported that Mbappé rejected a longer-term offer to stay at PSG on the three-year contract that he received. Mbappé pitted two of the richest clubs in the world against each other and it’s assumed that the contract will be one of the more lucrative in the history of the sport. He is considered one of the best in the sport and is still only 23-years-old. This decision sent shockwaves throughout Europe and now Real Madrid will have to pivot their strategy to other players.
The Spanish giants had been confident in their ability to land Mbappé but his decision to stay in France now allows PSG to field one of the better clubs around the world. During his time with PSG, Mbappé has gone on to score 168 total goals for the club in five seasons. This has made him their second highest career scorer in club history, only behind Edinson Cavani. The team has won Ligue 1 four times while Mbappé has been with them and has been voted France’s player of the season three times. Just this past season, Mbappé scored 25 goals and 17 assists in helping PSG claim the league title once again.
PSG will now be looking ahead, knowing that their star player will be with them for at least three more seasons. The team is still waiting to hoist up the first champions league trophy and Mbappé looks to be a major player in potentially having that happen. His skill is transcendent and one that doesn’t come around often so it was a major win for PSG to reclaim his services. Mbappé gets to stay with the club that he has known for awhile now and can continue to build his legacy as one of the best players in the world.