With the future of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) forward Kylian Mbappe still up in the air, French legend Thierry Henry has predicted that Mbappe will stay at PSG.
According to France’s RMC Sport, Henri appeared on CBS Sports in the United States on Thursday (July 14) and said, “If I were Mbappe, I would not leave PSG. You have to finish what you start. Why should he leave PSG in the first place? Mbappe loves PSG and he’s from Paris. People have to understand that,” he said, emphasizing that there was no reason for Mbappe to leave PSG.
Mbappe has recently been linked with a move to Real Madrid in Spain. Mbappe has been the subject of transfer rumors since last year. His dream club, Real, was actively pursuing him, and he even took time off from work to fly to Madrid for negotiations. With a verbal agreement reportedly in place, it looked like Mbappe would be wearing a Real jersey, but PSG were able to sign him to a new 2+1 year contract.
After seemingly committing his future to PSG, Mbappe was once again a transfer hot potato last summer. With one year left on his contract at PSG at the end of the 2022/23 season, Mbappe indicated that he would not trigger the clause that would have allowed him to extend his stay for another year. He announced that he would be out of contract with PSG at the end of the 2023/24 season and leave on a free transfer.
With the summer transfer window being the last time they could sell for a fee if Mbappe didn’t re-sign, PSG were forced to play hardball and ordered a demotion to the second team to pressure Mbappe. But when Mbappe didn’t budge, PSG left him off their preseason Asia tour roster and actually sent him to the stands for the opening game against Lorient, signaling that he would be spending the rest of the season in the second team.
However, that changed when PSG drew 1-1 with Lorient in their opening game. Having already lost Neymar to Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia, leaving a gaping hole in their attacking lineup, PSG brought Mbappe back into the first team. Since then, Mbappe has been an ace, scoring 18 goals in 20 games across all competitions, including 15 in 14 league games and three in six Champions League games.
However, there has been no contract talks with PSG so far. At this rate, he could leave the club on a free transfer at the end of the season. As of January 1, he will be eligible to negotiate freely with other clubs under the Bosman Rule.
Recently, Spain’s AS said, “Come January 1, there is nothing PSG can do to block the deal. “Mbappe was already close to a move to Real, but only signed a new contract to avoid the wrath of the PSG ultras.” “Now Real are skillfully playing a push and pull game. Mbappe has 15 days to respond to Real’s offer. No more time is allowed. The 15 days is enough time for Mbappe to say ‘yes, I want to go’ to Real.”
“The deadline is January 15th. Real know that Mbappe will not sign a new contract with PSG and will hold out until January 1, and Mbappe will have to make up his mind before the 15th,” he added, predicting that Mbappe will most likely leave PSG.
The transfer speculation was reignited after the recent match against Borussia Dortmund, when Mbappe was seen expressing his dissatisfaction with the team’s tactics.
Mbappe looked unhappy late in the second half of Thursday’s 1-1 UEFA Champions League Group F final against Dortmund as he watched his teammates pass the ball around and seemingly settle for a draw instead of looking to score. They appeared to be frustrated with their unwillingness to lose, despite the fact that a win over Dortmund would have seen them go through to the round of 16 as group leaders.
Speculation that Mbappe would want to leave PSG to play for Real has intensified, with the Frenchman insisting that he would stay at PSG if he were Mbappe. He emphasized that Mbappe would want to see the end of his career at PSG, including winning the Champions League.
Meanwhile, Christophe Dugary, who won the 1998 World Cup with France, said: “Mbappe is the boss of PSG and the fans demand a lot from him. But we are disappointed with what we have seen from Mbappe this season. We expected better. We expect him to improve year on year, but this year we feel he lacks determination and motivation. If he wants to make PSG a winning team, he has to take responsibility for himself,” he said, pointing out that Mbappe needs to be better.