Kylian Mbappe: The PSG forward returns to the squad and may sign a contract extension.
Kylian Mbappe, the forward for Paris St-Germain, has returned to first-team training and is expected to stay with the French champions this summer.
The 24-year-old France forward has not been exercising with the first-team squad and was omitted from PSG’s 0-0 season opener against Lorient on Saturday.
He has been in a contract dispute with PSG over his desire to join Real Madrid, but he may now be able to extend his stay.
Mbappe was restored by PSG after “very constructive and positive” negotiations, according to the club.
On Saturday, the France captain sat in the stands alongside France teammate Ousmane Dembele, who joined PSG from Barcelona for £43.5 million. He was also excluded from the pre-season vacation to Asia.
Mbappe has one year remaining on his current contract and has so far refused to sign a new one.
PSG granted Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal permission to speak with the player last month after making a world-record £259 million bid.
His reintegration was reached after conversations amongst all stakeholders over the last 12 hours.
PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi has been insistent that he will not let the striker leave for nothing, and it is expected that an agreement will be reached in which Mbappe will sign the one-year extension to his current contract that was initially planned.
This would last until 2025, allowing PSG to sell Mbappe to Real Madrid next summer.
“Following very constructive and positive discussions between Paris St-Germain and Kylian Mbappe before the PSG – Lorient game, the player has been reinstated into the first team training squad this morning,” PSG announced on Sunday.
Mbappe, who joined PSG in 2017 on loan from Monaco before completing a 180 million euro (£165.7 million) deal, has a club record 212 goals in 260 games.