Kylian Mbappe: PSG forward agrees contract extension with Ligue 1 champions but La Liga is set to file complaint

Kylian Mbappe: PSG forward agrees contract extension with Ligue 1 champions but La Liga is set to file complaint

Kylian Mbappe has agreed to sign a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain, but LaLiga has said it will file a complaint about the deal after he did not join Real Madrid.

The 23-year-old France international, whose current contract is due to expire on June 30, had been widely expected to leave the Ligue 1 champions for Real at the end of the season.

The Spanish title winners and Champions League finalists were reportedly close to finalising a move for Mbappe before the player’s dramatic U-turn. The World Cup winner, who joined PSG from Monaco for €180m in 2017, was on course to leave the club on a free transfer upon the expiry of his existing deal.

Real – who were willing to pay €230m to sign the forward on Deadline Day last summer – were ready to give Mbappe a signing-on fee of £110m and wages of £20m-a-year after tax. Their total investment would have been about £300m.

The news has been met with a vociferous response from Spanish football authorities, with LaLiga saying it will complain to UEFA, French tax authorities and the European Union over PSG’s “non-compliance with UEFA’s financial fair play”.

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PSG head coach Mauricio Pochettino said last week he was adamant he and Mbappe will still be at the club next season

A statement from LaLiga on Saturday night read: “This type of agreement attack the economic sustainability of European football, putting at risk hundreds of thousands of jobs and sporting integrity at risk – not only in European competitions, but also in domestic leagues.

“It is scandalous that a club like PSG, which last season reported losses of more than €220m, after accumulating losses of more than €700m in prior seasons (while reporting sponsorship income at a doubtful valuation) with a cost of sports staff around €650m for this 2021-22 season, can face an agreement of these characteristics while those clubs that could accept the arrival of the player without seeing their wage bill compromised, are left without being able to sign him.

“For all of the above, LaLiga is going to file a complaint against PSG before UEFA, administrative and tax authorities in France and before the competent bodies of the European Union, to continue defending the economic ecosystem of European football and its sustainability.”

The statement concluded that the behaviour of PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and his club “endangers European football on the same level as the European Super League”.

Kylian Mbappe is congratulated by Lionel Messi after putting PSG 2-0 up on aggregate
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Kylian Mbappe is congratulated by Lionel Messi

Mbappe grew up supporting Real and says it has always been his dream to play for them. He still wants to play for them one day. His signature is a coup for PSG’s Qatari owners, with hopes he can be one of the faces of the World Cup in the country this winter.

There remain big question marks over the future of PSG head coach Mauricio Pochettino and sporting director Leonardo. PSG want Zinedine Zidane to replace Pochettino this summer.

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