The Spanish club’s inability to sign Mbape is a significant blow to its president, who for a year has been trying to get the transition over.
PARIS, France – Killian Mbape is going to stay at Paris Saint-Germain after he again refused the opportunity to join Real Madrid.
The French striker has agreed to extend his three-year contract, which is close to signing, a man familiar with the deal told the Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they had no right to publicly discuss contract negotiations.
The 23-year-old Mbape’s contract expires in June and it would be available as a free shuttle.
Instead of joining the 13-time European champions in Madrid who have been chasing him for so long, Mbape remains to try to deliver PSG his first Champions League title.
Madrid have managed to beat PSG in the Champions League this season, but not once again in the transfer market.
The Spanish giant’s inability to sign Mbape is a significant blow to its president, Florentino Perez, who has been trying to make the transition for a year.
PSG rejected Madrid’s official bid of 180 million euros ($ 190 million) – the same amount it signed Mbape from Monaco in 2017 – and even another amount of 200 million euros ($ 211 million) was not enough to sell its a star even though he was only a year away from his contract. Mbape said he wants to leave at the end of last season, but only on the right terms for PSG.
The wealth of Qatar’s sovereign welfare fund linked to the emir allows PSG to resist bids that may prove insurmountable to other clubs without government funding.
The non-broadcast reflects the dynamics of the change of power in European football. Perez was one of the architects of the separation of the European Super League from the UEFA Champions League, which exploded in 48 hours in April 2021.
PSG refused to join the 12 founders of the Super League, which allowed its president Nasser Al-Khelaifi to get one of the most powerful roles in the game as head of the Association of European Clubs.
Perez is still realizing his dream in the Super League in the conflict with UEFA.
Signing Mbape would mean signing a statement for Perez from a team that has only become a competitor in the last decade thanks to Qatar funding.
But the energy spent on the transition and the optimism of Madrid, who are chasing their record 14th victory in the European Champions Cup when they meet Liverpool in the Champions League final next Saturday in Paris, have disappeared.
When Mbape won the league’s best player for the third time last Sunday, he said he mostly decided, but didn’t say how.
Tensions between the clubs were evident when PSG were knocked out of the Champions League in the 1/8 finals by Madrid in March – despite leading 2-0 overall with two goals from Mbape – and Al-Khelaifi remains under investigation by UEFA for allegedly confronting match officials after losing.
Madrid was thwarted again by trying to sign Mbape after he left Monaco in 2017 – and even before that.
He visited the facilities of Madrid at the age of 14 and was met by the great Frenchman Zinedine Zidane, but instead he decided to start his stellar career in Monaco.
Mbape scored his first professional goal at the age of 17 years and 62 days, which broke the record of the Monaco club, led by Thierry Henry.
Henry is the record scorer of France with 51 goals. Mbape is already 26 and may well overtake him as a PSG player.
He is PSG’s second top scorer with 168 goals and could surpass Edinson Cavani’s record of 200 next season.
He wanted to add to his lead of 25 in Saturday’s season-end home game against Metz at the Parc des Princes, along with teammates Lionel Messi, the record-breaking seven-time Golden Ball winner, and Neymar.
The brilliant attacking trio, which did not fight back this season, is expected to play together again next season.
However, Mbape is losing the chance to play together with his teammate from France Karim Benzema for Madrid, which would be a devastating partnership and the envy of Europe.
Over the past year, they have worked together for Les Bleus and both scored a goal when France won the League of Nations final.