It is not known how long PSG and Kylian Mbappé will keep a steady hand, but what can be seen with certainty is that both parties are going to squeeze their cartridges until they have no choice but to make a decision. The player, through his entourage, reiterates his desire to continue until 2024 in Paris so as not to lose a single euro of the 80 million loyalty bonus that the Parisian team must pay him. The club, for its part, leaks that it cannot allow the French star to go free next year and that it has no choice but to sell him.
Both Al-Khelaïfi, in an interview with Le Parisien, and Qatar, have made it very clear that the deadline for Mbappé to communicate whether or not he renews is next week. PSG does not want to take any more risks and is aware that by putting pressure on Bondy’s talent and his entourage, it shows a position of strength that it did not have in the negotiations for its renewal back in May 2022..
The message behind the doors to the outside of the Parisian entity is clear: nobody, not even Al-Khelaïfi, as the Qatari confirmed last week, is above PSG. To this we must add that the French media are beginning, surely filtered by the sports management and the president, to wonder if this soap opera has eroded and worsened the image of Mbappé in France. The player, meanwhile, remains silent and will not go to war against the club.
But PSG does not want to wait any longer and even Le Parisien, a newspaper related to the French team, dropped this Monday that, if Mbappé decides to continue and does not renew, the machinery to put him against the fans and the risk of being whistled in the Parque de los Príncipes would be a reality. Half of the loyalty bonus, 40 of the 80 million euros, must be paid by PSG on July 31, a date that Qatar does not want to reach without resolving its future.
Wearing down the image of Mbappé was already a method that PSG used successfully when Verratti, in 2017, and Neymar, in 2019, asked to leave the French capital. The Frenchman, however, is not willing to accept the times imposed on him by Qatar and Al Khelaïfi. He has the upper hand, his contract ends in a year and no matter how many people invite him out, he has the last word..
Next July 17, Kylian Mbappé, if PSG does not sell him before, will reappear in the sports city of Poissy to rejoin training. The former Monaco player enjoys his last breath of the holidays before entering a decisive phase for his future. In any case, his intention is to continue training while waiting for events, because the loyalty bonus will no longer correspond to him in the case, very small right now, that he declares himself in absentia. A war that is about to end.