After Luis Enrique was hired, the president of PSG said that Kylian Mbappe “needs to sign a new contract.”
Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the president of Paris St. Germain, says Kylian Mbappe must sign a new deal if he wants to stay with the team.
Al-Khelaifi was talking at a news conference where Luis Enrique was introduced as the new boss of PSG after Christophe Galtier was fired.
France star Mbappe, who is 24 years old, has told PSG that he won’t sign a new deal with them after 2024.
“Our position is very clear,” Al-Khelaifi said.
“If Kylian Mbappe wants to stay—and we want him to stay—he needs to sign a new deal.
“We can’t just let the best player in the world go for free right now. That can’t happen.”
Mbappe says he told PSG last year that he would not sign a new deal.
Mbappe’s contract is up at the end of next season, but he has said that he plans to stay with the French champs for the 2023–24 season, even though he doesn’t plan to use the option to add another year.
If that is true, he could leave for good next summer without having to pay anything.
Al-Khelaifi added, “This is a French club, and he has already said that he doesn’t plan to leave for free.”
“It’s not our fault if someone has changed his mind.”
Mbappe has scored 212 goals in 260 games for PSG since he joined the club in 2017 from Monaco, first on loan and then for £165.7 million.
He has been the top scorer in Ligue 1 for the past five years, and in his six years at PSG, he has won five league wins.
Al-Khelaifi spoke at the beginning of the news conference to present Luis Enrique. After the Spaniard had talked to the media, Al-Khelaifi spoke about Mbappe.
Luis Enrique, a former manager of Spain and Barcelona, has signed a two-year deal with PSG. This is because Galtier was fired, even though he won the Ligue 1 title in his one season in charge.
It is his first job since he quit as Spain’s manager in December after they lost to Morocco in the last 16 of the World Cup on penalties.
His last job as a club manager was at Barcelona, where he won nine titles in three seasons, including the Champions League, La Liga, and Copa del Rey Treble in his first season in charge.
In 2018, he took over for Fernando Hierro as the manager of Spain. In 2021, he led Spain to the final of the Nations League and the semi-finals of the European Championship.
The former Real Madrid and Barcelona player takes over a PSG team that is still getting used to each other.
As well as not knowing what will happen to Mbappe, there is a question mark over what will happen to Brazil forward Neymar now that Lionel Messi has moved to Inter Miami.
The club’s Qatari owners are determined to try to build a team instead of continuing to sign big-name players, which hasn’t helped them win the Champions League yet.
When he took over from Mauricio Pochettino last summer, Galtier was off to a good start.
PSG had a good start to last season, going 22 games without losing. After the World Cup, however, they lost nine times in all categories.
In February, they lost 2-1 to Marseille in the last 16 of the French Cup. Then, in the same round of the Champions League, they lost to Bayern Munich.
And PSG’s performance in the league got worse as they limped to the Ligue 1 title, finishing just one point ahead of second-place Lens.
Galtier was also under a lot of pressure off the field. In April, he was accused of making racist comments while he was in charge of his former club, Nice. He has denied the accusations and will go on trial in December because of an investigation.
PSG said, “The whole Paris St. Germain team would like to thank Christophe Galtier and his assistants Thierry Oleksiak and Joao Sacramento for their professionalism and dedication throughout the season.”