In an unexpected move, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) embarked on their preseason tour of Japan on Saturday without their star player, Kylian Mbappe, who is currently caught in a contract dispute with the French champions. The prolific striker’s future with the club remains uncertain, casting a shadow over the excitement of the preseason tour.
According to the Associated Press (AP), Mbappe has already communicated to PSG his intention not to exercise the 12-month extension clause in his existing contract. Despite the ongoing negotiations, he affirmed his commitment to stay with the club for the imminent season.
For the Japanese preseason tour, PSG strategically omitted Mbappe from its formidable 29-man roster. The tour promises thrilling face-offs against notable teams, including Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr, Japan’s Cerezo Osaka, and the previous year’s Champions League runner-up, Inter Milan.
The crux of the issue lies in PSG’s strong aversion to letting Mbappe depart on a free transfer at the end of the coming season. The club has firmly stated that the 2022 World Cup’s top scorer must choose between committing to a new contract or potentially being sold to a rival team.
Kylian Mbappe’s rise to stardom has been nothing short of meteoric. At the age of just 18, he was instrumental in securing France’s victory in the 2018 World Cup. His phenomenal performance led to him being named the FIFA World Cup Best Young Player. Mbappe’s impact on the field was further amplified when he joined PSG from Monaco on an initial loan deal in 2017, which later became a permanent move for a staggering €180 million, making him the most expensive teenager in the history of football.
Over the past five years, Mbappe has established himself as an indispensable asset for PSG. His prowess on the field has earned him several prestigious accolades, including the Ligue 1 Player of the Year award in 2019. With over 100 league goals for the French giants, he’s shown time and time again that he’s a player of outstanding caliber and a consistent match-winner. His unique combination of speed, agility, and lethal finishing ability has solidified his status as one of the most exciting players of his generation.
In the international arena, Mbappe continues to shine for his country. At the 2022 World Cup, he claimed the Golden Boot, netting the highest number of goals in the tournament. His unmatched pace and clinical precision in front of goal have made him a constant threat to opponents. His performances have been key to the French national team’s success, contributing significantly to their status as one of the world’s most formidable teams.
Off the pitch, Mbappe’s influence is equally significant. His charisma, combined with his undeniable talent, has made him a popular figure among fans worldwide. From gracing the covers of TIME magazine to having his likeness immortalized in the globally popular FIFA video game series, Mbappe’s impact reaches far beyond the football pitch.
However, it’s not just his stardom that makes him invaluable to PSG. His leadership qualities and dedication to the team have been instrumental in helping PSG maintain their dominance in French football. As his contract dispute unfolds, the loss of such a player would undoubtedly be a significant blow to the team. PSG’s preseason tour of Japan may be a taste of what’s to come should the French forward decide to part ways with the Parisian club.