The tension between PSG and Mbappe continues to grow. The club took the decision yesterday not to call up their star player for the pre-season tour of Japan.
There had been no major meetings in the hours beforehand to resolve the situation and not even Nasser Al Khelaifi was involved.
PSG, faced with the lack of response from the striker and his entourage to negotiate a renewal or move, then decided that the player would not be included in Luis Enrique‘s group and would remain in Paris with the rest of the players who are on the transfer list.
Their respective positions are further apart. The PSG president has long advocated that the club’s weight, as in any big club in Europe, should be above its players.
He already made this clear with the reprimand given to Messi and with the club’s new policy in which previously untouchable players such as Neymar and Verratti are no longer untouchable.
They believe that a few years ago the club would have been on its knees begging Messi or Mbappe to stay, but things have changed, or so they want to portray.
Today the outrage with the striker remains the same. They believe that his measured decision to leave on a free next year is almost a kind of sabotage to the club that invested in him seven years ago.
He knows the irreparable damage it does to the club if he leaves without recovering at least part of the enormous investment made in the player in the last year of his contract.
PSG don’t even know what strategy Mbappe will adopt after this decision. According to some reports in the French media, the player is willing to pay the consequences of his decision to leave on a free transfer, even if it means a move to the bench.
That price, however, would be excessively high, because Kylian would no longer harm the club in this war, but there is a risk of collateral damage to France.
It should not be forgotten that next summer there is the European Championship in Germany and the striker is the captain of the national team.
He has also repeatedly stated that he would like to play in the Paris Olympics immediately afterwards.
Spending a year as an outcast, at odds with the club and with fans divided, just to wait until June 2024 to collect every last euro of his mega contract with PSG and from a move to Real Madrid.
In Paris, they see their star player’s stance as nothing more than a way of undermining everyone but the club to which, they suspect, he has already pledged his future.
Joining the PSG transfer list
Mbappe will train at the new Cite Sportif de Poissy with the other players who are not in the club’s plans and who have also stayed in Paris, such as Draxler, Paredes and Wijnaldum.
PSG‘s deadlines have not changed. They are the same as those set out in the letter sent to the player on 3 July.
From a legal point of view, 31 July was the final deadline for the player to decide whether or not to renew his contract.