"I want to dedicate it to the president (from the PSG) Nasser (Al-Khelaïfi), to whom I would like to pay tribute. " Not sure that the person has really tasted, Sunday, May 19, the tribute of Kylian Mbappé, who had just received the UNFP trophy for the best player of Ligue 1. A tribute in the form of a kiss of death. "It's time, for me, to take more responsibility, in Paris, if possible, added the PSG striker. Before concluding, sibylline: "And if it's not in Paris, maybe elsewhere, as part of a new project. "
" Elsewhere ". " New project "… The words of the striker tricolor have the effect of a bomb. And they will not fail to occupy the spirit of the Qatari leaders in the weeks to come. By this unexpected but cleverly orchestrated exit, Kylian Mbappé, 20, put pressure on his direction.
After repeated several times this season, including the day after the elimination of PSG in the knockout stages of the Champions League against Manchester, his future was in the Parisian club, so the striker has for the first time Once opened the door to a departure, only two years after his arrival in the capital.
The entourage of Mbappé denies a departure
Nobody seems to believe it: QSI is not a seller and, with another three years of contract, Mbappé is simply too expensive for all its contenders, also Real Madrid.
"The entourage" of Kylian Mbappé has also quickly tried to extinguish the fire unleashed by their pyromaniac firefighter, denying an initial hint of departure by an "indiscretion" cleverly whispered in the ear of an RTL journalist:
🔴 indiscretion #RTL: Kylian's entourage # Mbappé unambiguously confirms his wish to stay at the #PSG season … https://t.co/dLtV01yw7D
So what are the "Points of tension on the ground", and the purpose of this communication campaign launched by the Mbappé clan? Better upgrade your current renegotiation contract? Get the advanced striker position, occupied by Cavani, but that allowed Mbappé to inflate statistics this season? To be consulted at least on the recruitment of the club of the capital? Probably a bit of all of this at once.
It seems far back in time – not so far away, however – when the new darling of French sport, which was revealed to the world under the shirt of Monaco, shone with his humble words.
The promising and ambitious striker had not failed to maneuver with the leaders of the Principality to get a place holder and push Valere Germain on the sidelines.
Since then, the Bondynois has taken the thick, became world champion, and perfectly replaced Neymar and Cavani, injured a good part of the season. And the counters were panicked: 32 goals in the league, 4 in the Champions League. The Frenchman is lining up Lionel Messi (36 goals) in the Golden Shoe race for the season's top scorer in the league.
Mbappé no longer hides his ambitions
Kylian Mbappé no longer hides his ambitions: to win the Golden Ball and the Champions League. Is PSG able to satisfy the insatiable appetite of its prodigy? The question of his positioning on the ground arises since the young striker has filled, brilliantly, the post of No. 9 in the absence of Edinson Cavani.
We now know that Kylian Mbappé is obsessed with his individual performances, to the point of celebrating his 100th goal in training this season, and seems to think that his future in the club, as in selection, is the post of advanced striker . This would push the Uruguayan, top scorer in the history of the club and adulated by fans, to the exit.
In hollow, the young striker also claims a status identical to that of Neymar, whose careers know opposite curves. The Brazilian, recruited for gold in 2017, shines with his injuries at key moments of the season, and an attitude inconsistent with the status of head of a team in search of results and respectability on the scene European.
The many favors he has enjoyed and the omnipotence of the "Brazilian clan" PSG seem to pose a problem to several players in the workforce. But if Kylian Mbappé represents the future of world football, Neymar remains the number one marketing asset of the Parisian club.
The pitiful elimination of PSG against Manchester, two years after the remontada against FC Barcelona, have also marked the limits of the club of the capital in the Champions League. The lack of depth of the PSG squad, coach Thomas Tuchel complained at the end of the season, the vagueness surrounding the relationship between the German technician and the sports director Antero Henrique, pointed at but reinforced by its leaders , as well as the attitude of Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, question on the capacity of the club of the capital to be structured to finally conquer the Champions League.
The individual recognition goes through convincing and regular results in the most prestigious European competitions but, as a young man in a hurry, Mbappé has no time to wait and would like his leaders to achieve a better transfer window than last season.
He offered something to feed the thinking of his leaders, but also showed that PSG star players were larger and more influential than the club. Conclusion of a bitter-sweet evening for Nasser Al-Khelaïfi.