PSG’s Mbappe undecided on club future as contract winds down

French striker says he’s ‘very motivated’ at PSG but hasn’t made up his mind about where he’s going to play next season.

Kylian Mbappe has long been linked with a move to Real Madrid and is now free to sign a pre-contract agreement with a new club [File: Martin Meissner/AP]Published On 4 Jan 20244 Jan 2024

Paris St Germain forward Kylian Mbappe says he has not made up his mind about where he will play next season as his contract enters its final six months.

Mbappe said last year he would not renew his contract at PSG, which expires at the end of the 2023-24 season when he could leave Paris for free.

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The France captain, who has long been linked with a move to Real Madrid, is now free to sign a pre-contract agreement with a new club.

“First of all, I’m very, very, very motivated for this year. It’s very important,” Mbappe told reporters after PSG’s 2-0 win over Toulouse in the French Super Cup final on Wednesday night.

“As I said, we’ve got titles to go after and we’ve already won one, so that’s already done. After that, no, I haven’t made up my mind yet.

“But in any case, with the agreement I made with the chairman [Nasser al-Khelaifi] this summer, it doesn’t matter what I decide.

“We managed to protect all parties and preserve the club’s serenity for the challenges ahead, which remains the most important thing. So we’ll say it’s secondary.”

Media reports in September said Mbappe had agreed to forego loyalty bonuses worth up to 100 million euros ($109.17m) if he left PSG on a free transfer.

In 2022, Mbappe waited until May to announce a contract extension at PSG, just weeks before the transfer window opened. The 25-year-old said he may not leave it so late this time around.

“I think it was the end of May in 2022 because I didn’t know until May,” he added.

“If I know what I want to do, why drag it out? It just doesn’t make sense.”

Mbappe’s goal in the 2-0 victory over Toulouse took his overall tally to 22 in 23 matches this season and extended his PSG scoring record to 234 since joining in the summer of 2017.

But he failed to score or make an impression when PSG lost 4-1 at Newcastle and 2-1 at AC Milan in the Champions League, scraping into the last 16 in second place in the final round of games.

Still, Mbappe is enjoying playing under new coach Luis Enrique.

“He arrived with clear ideas. It takes time but I think we’re starting to see some interesting things,” Mbappe said.

“It’s more structured, you can see it in the way we attack.”

Source: News Agencies