France’s ‘Le 10 Sport’ said on the 15th (Korean time), “Chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi will be delighted. Within a few days, what he wanted in the transfer market came true. Chairman Phi wanted to dispose of him to end the Galactico policy.” The media added, “Chairman Al-Khelaifi has been pressuring Mbafe to extend the contract. Currently, Mbafe has returned to first-team training, and attention is focused on the actual reconciliation between the player and the club.” . Currently, there are players who have changed their course in Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). Neymar and Mbappe. First of all, Neymar’s move to Al-Hilal is certain. On the 14th, transfer market expert Fabricio Romano said, “Neymar is moving to Al Hilal. “The medical test will be completed today.”
Conversely, Mbappe, who seemed likely to leave this summer, stayed. PSG announced on the club website on the 13th, “Our club had a very constructive and positive conversation with Mbappe. We had discussions before the game with Lorient, and Mbappe returned to first-team training.” In addition, PSG released training photos through the official channel, saying, “Mbappe has returned, and Usman Dembele also participated in the first training. All players trained while President Nasser Al-Khelaifi watched.” Mbappe went to training with a bright smile. 스포츠토토 The two players joined PSG around the same time. First, Neymar left Barcelona for PSG in 2017. He drew attention by recording the world’s highest transfer fee of 222 million euros (approximately 324.3 billion won) at the time. After a while, Mbappe joined. He, too, was completely transferred after a lease, and a transfer fee of 180 million euros (approximately 262.9 billion won) was invested.
They quickly established themselves as PSG’s key strikers. PSG recruited two players to win the UEFA Champions League (UCL). And it worked. PSG, centered on Neymar and Mbappe, took the UCL final stage for the first time in the club’s history in the 2019-20 season. Unfortunately, we lost to Bayern Munich and failed to win the championship, but it was a positive enough achievement. Even after that, PSG strengthened its power by sending an active transfer market, and challenged the European throne, but did not win yet. Nonetheless, both players continued to perform well. However, as much as he was a star player who received a lot of attention, there were also noises. In the case of Neymar, there was friction with the fans at the end of last season. Messi’s unauthorized visit to Saudi Arabia has sparked PSG fans’ criticism of Neymar. In the past, every time PSG performed below expectations in the UCL, Neymar was heavily criticized by fans. Fans went to Neymar’s house and shouted for him to leave.
It has been argued that Neymar has also lost patience with the behavior of PSG fans. He’s actually rumored to be considering leaving this summer. There were also rumors of transfers to several clubs, including Manchester United and Chelsea. However, at the time, Neymar himself announced his intention to remain at PSG, and the rumors about his future seemed to have come to an end. Regarding this, Neymar said on the 20th of last month, “I hope to play for PSG in the upcoming season. I have a contract with PSG and no one has said anything else. Even if there is no love between PSG fans and players, I will remain.” Expectations rose this summer when coach Luis Enrique took over. Coach Enrique led Barcelona and achieved a treble including the UCL in the 2014-15 season. At this time, Neymar was also playing as a key member.
Also, his chemistry with ‘freshman’ Lee Kang-in stood out. The two players, who had exchanged uniforms after the 2022 Qatar World Cup round of 16, showed frequent sticking around during the preseason. They were also side by side in a group photo taken in front of the plane before going on a tour in Japan, and the scene where they got off the plane together was captured. I could see them playing around on the training ground or on the bench. Both players missed all three games in Japan due to injuries, but sat side by side on the bench. Then, at the open training site ahead of the match against Jeonbuk Hyundai, when fans shouted Lee Kang-in’s name, Neymar forcibly (?) raised his hand and asked him to say hello, drawing attention. However, rumors of a transfer suddenly arose. The team that emerged as the destination is Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia. Al Hilal is the team that tried to sign Lionel Messi this summer. Even at the time, he tried to convince Messi with an astronomical salary, but he chose to go to the United States instead of Saudi Arabia. Since then, he has been linked with Mbafe, and now the recruitment of Neymar is being confirmed.
Mbappe was also constantly in trouble. There were transfer rumors last summer. Strongly linked to Real Madrid. In fact, Real’s president Florentino Perez even prepared a specific transfer proposal to sign Mbappe. However, Mbappe suddenly announced his stay. He signed a new contract and continued to accompany PSG. In the process, PSG is known to have offered a down payment of a whopping 150 million euros (approximately 211.1 billion won) to protect Mbafe. Also, rumors spread that Real, outraged by the decision, would no longer be interested in signing Mbappe. In this way, the transfer saga seemed to be over. However, Mbappe had constant noise throughout last season. His performance itself wasn’t bad. Mbappe contributed to PSG’s victory by scoring 29 goals and 5 assists in 34 Ligue 1 games. However, the possibility of a transfer was reignited in conjunction with various rumors such as rumors of a feud with Neymar at the beginning of the season.
Recently, he even made bombshell remarks. Mbappe, who was selected as the best French player of the 2022-23 season awarded by France’s ‘L’Equipe’ and ‘French Football’, said in a later interview, “I don’t think playing for PSG is very helpful. They are divided. It is a team that causes,” he said. In response, PSG’s former sports director Leonardo Araujo said, “Looking at the events surrounding Mbappe for the past two years, I thought he was not the player to lead the team. Now, for PSG’s sake, the time has come for Mbappe to leave.” did. Also, Mbappe conveyed to the club that he would not renew the contract. Mbappe signed a new contract with PSG last summer, extending the contract until the summer of 2024. He also had an option for a one-year extension included. However, he expressed his stance that he would not invoke this extension clause. If this happens, Mbappe will be able to transfer as a free agent (FA) next year.
This angered PSG. And if Mbappe has no intention of continuing the contract, he is considering selling it for a transfer fee this summer. He also put pressure on Mbappe. I threw a super power that was excluded from the pre-season tour list. But Mbappe did not give up. The season started with a lot of rumors flowing. PSG drew with Lorient in the first round of Ligue 1 in France in the 2023-24 season. Mbappe didn’t run. He was excluded from first-team training ahead of the start of the season. Mbafe was known to have trained with the 2nd group and youth academy players, and was captured on a relay camera in the stands on the day of the match against Lorient. However, unexpected news came immediately after the match. Mbappe’s return to PSG training. Here, the possibility of extending his contract occurred. In this regard, the British ‘BBC’ said, “Mbappe can sign a one-year extension contract. In this case, PSG will be able to receive a transfer fee next summer and sell Mbappe to a team like Real Madrid.
In addition, France’s ‘Le Parisien’ said, “Mbappe has decided not to transfer this summer. He plans to finish the contract and conveyed it to Al-Khalaifi. and announced his return.” Mbappe is now available for the second round of Ligue 1 against Toulouse on the 20th. PSG showed disappointing scoring ability in the last opening game. He attempted a whopping 20 shots, but only had 4 shots on target. If Mbappe returns, he can solve the crystal power. Conversely, Neymar leaves. In particular, according to Brazil’s ‘TNT Sports’, coach Enrique also had no intention of using Neymar. The media mentioned that the relationship between the two has deteriorated since 2015. From the PSG club’s point of view, it seems that the director’s idea and their transfer market policy have become a coincidence.