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Business News/ Sports / Football News/  After Lionel Messi, Mbappe decides to quit PSG, rejects extension
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After Lionel Messi, Mbappe decides to quit PSG, rejects extension

Paris St Germain's Kylian Mbappe has declined a one-year contract extension, potentially leading to his sale during the summer transfer window to avoid a free transfer.

France's forward Kylian Mbappe throws a bottle during a training session ahead of the upcoming UEFA Euro 2024 football tournament qualifying matches in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines, on June 12, 2023. France will play against Gibraltar on June 16, 2023 and against Greece on June 19, 2023 in their UEFA Euro 2024 Group B Qualification matches. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)Premium
France's forward Kylian Mbappe throws a bottle during a training session ahead of the upcoming UEFA Euro 2024 football tournament qualifying matches in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines, on June 12, 2023. France will play against Gibraltar on June 16, 2023 and against Greece on June 19, 2023 in their UEFA Euro 2024 Group B Qualification matches. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)

Paris St Germain's (PSG) star striker Kylian Mbappe has informed the club of his decision to decline the option of a one-year contract extension set to expire in June 2024, as reported by L'Equipe.

The French forward, who played a pivotal role in his nation's 2018 World Cup triumph, communicated his intentions through a letter to the club, indicating that he may even be sold during the ongoing summer transfer window to avoid his departure on a free transfer.

Should Mbappe choose to honour the remaining year of his deal at PSG, he would gain the freedom to engage in negotiations and sign a pre-contract agreement with any interested club from January 2024 onwards. This development comes as a significant blow to PSG, who have already bid farewell to Lionel Messi after his two-year contract expired, leading him to join Major League Soccer's Inter Miami.

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The 24-year-old striker, who was heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid last season, ultimately chose to extend his stay at PSG. However, the Spanish giants, who had a reported bid of up to €200 million ( 1,779 crore) rejected in 2021, might reignite their interest in Mbappe following Karim Benzema's move to Al-Ittihad in Saudi Arabia, Reuters reported.

Mbappe's incredible rise to prominence began as a teenage prodigy, and since joining PSG from AS Monaco in 2017 for a reported fee of €180 million, he has consistently showcased his extraordinary talent. The Frenchman has played an instrumental role in PSG's success, helping the club secure five Ligue 1 titles while consistently featuring as their all-time leading scorer.

Also Read: Mbappe named best French player for fourth time in row

Despite these achievements, the UEFA Champions League title has eluded Mbappe and PSG, adding to the speculation surrounding his future. As the world's second-most expensive signing, trailing only Neymar's transfer from Barcelona for €222 million ( 1,975 crore), Mbappe's departure would mark a significant loss for PSG.

(With Reuters inputs)

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Published: 13 Jun 2023, 01:50 PM IST
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