Mbappe vs PSG: Kylian Mbappe’s Position on Transfer Saga Revealed After PSG Axed Him From Japan Tour

Mbappe vs PSG: Kylian Mbappe’s Position on Transfer Saga Revealed After PSG Axed Him From Japan Tour

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at July 22, 2023 at 8:02 AM
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  • Kylian Mbappe has taken a defiant position in the ongoing contractual feud with PSG
  • The club have axed Mbappe from their pre-season tour in Japan
  • He is believed to have agreed on terms with Real Madrid

Kylian Mbappe's contract situation with Paris Saint-Germain has taken an intriguing turn.

The club has made a significant move by excluding Mbappe from its 29-man squad travelling to Japan for pre-season preparations.

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Kylian Mbappe is prepared to call the bluff of PSG after he was axed from the squad to Japan. Photo credit: @brfootball
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This decision, while not entirely unexpected, comes after the club president issued an ultimatum to the 24-year-old forward, urging him to make a decision about his future.

Mbappe has maintained his stance, expressing his intention to honour his current contract, which is set to expire next summer.

According to media reports, PSG believes that Mbappe has already reached an agreement to join Real Madrid next summer on a free transfer. Consequently, leading the Parisian club to put the Frenchman up for sale at this moment, per Reuters.

Mbappe's reaction to PSG exclusion

According to Sky Sports' Kaveh Solhekol, the expected decision did not sway Kylian Mbappe's stance.

The 2022 World Cup Golden Boot winner's immediate reaction indicates that he is prepared to sit on the bench and abstain from playing for PSG until his contract expires next summer.

Even his role as the France captain and the upcoming 2024 Euros do not seem to alter his thinking.

Solhekol adds that if Mbappe, who is the club's all-time top scorer, stands firm and chooses to sacrifice a season, PSG's hands are tied. They will still be obligated to pay him his wages and bonuses.

Mbappe appears resolute in calling their bluff, waiting to see who will back down first.

Why PSG axed Mbappe?

On July 21, the club decided not to include the Frenchman in their squad for the upcoming pre-season tour in Japan as they intensify their preparations for the new season, Sports Brief reported.

PSG arrived at the decision to leave their star attacker out of their pre-season tour of Japan on Friday evening.

Multiple reports in France further state that PSG is convinced that the player has a pre-agreement with Real Madrid for a free transfer in 2024 and will put him up for sale.

Mbappe 'not bigger' than PSG

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that PSG president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, has reportedly made the club's position clear regarding the ongoing transfer saga involving Kylian Mbappe.

During the presentation of Luis Enrique as the Ligue 1 champions' new coach on Wednesday, Al-Khelaifi issued an ultimatum to Mbappe as the contract saga continues.

Underscoring the gravity of the situation involving Mbappe, Al-Khelaifi emphasised that no player holds greater importance than the club itself.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.