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Mbappe Signs 3-Year Deal With PSG, La Liga Reacts

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Kylian Mbappe officially signed a deal with Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday as he would remain in  France till 2025.

"I am very happy to stay in France, in Paris, in my city," Mbappe told supporters on the Parc des Princes pitch before PSG faced Metz in their final Ligue 1 match of the season.

Standing next to PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Mbappe said: "I hope I'm going to be able to continue to do what I like most – winning football matches and trophies with all of you."

Mbappe marked his announcement by scoring twice in five minutes to take his total of league goals for the season to 27, putting him on course to finish as Ligue 1's leading scorer for a fourth consecutive season.

Mbappe's decision ends months of speculation surrounding arguably the hottest property in world football.

Real Madrid had pursued Mbappe for months and had reportedly agreed on a deal with him months ago for a switch to Spain which would have included a signing-on fee of €150 million.

Mbappe had made no secret of his desire to play one day for Real, who will face Liverpool in the Champions League final in Paris next weekend after securing a 35th Spanish title.

But PSG, who have won the Ligue 1 title for a record-equalling tenth time but angered their hardcore supporters with their limp exit to Real in the last 16 of the Champions League, have battled to hold on to their biggest asset.

LA LIGA REACTS TO MBAPPE'S REAL MADRID SNUB

The president of Spain's LaLiga, Javier Tebas, complained bitterly on Saturday that the massive financial resources of PSG's Qatari owners had proved decisive in persuading Mbappe to stay in France.

 

"What PSG is doing by renewing Mbappe with large sums of money...after posting losses of 700 million euros in recent seasons and having a wage bill of over 600 million euros, is an INSULT to football," Tebas tweeted.

LaLiga announced in a statement it was launching an official complaint about PSG's actions "to UEFA, the French administrative and fiscal authorities and the appropriate decision-making bodies of the European Union".

In his tweet, Tebas also called Khelaifi "a danger to European football".

Mbappe will now line up next season alongside Neymar and probably Lionel Messi – if he stays at the club – to help PSG in their protracted quest to land the Champions League, the title that has so far eluded them.

Mbappe joined PSG on a season-long loan from Monaco in August 2017 that turned into a permanent deal worth €180 million.

He has helped the club win four Ligue 1 titles in five seasons.

In the Champions League exit to Real this season, Mbappe scored in both legs of the tie, but could not prevent PSG from losing 3-2 on aggregate.

He will be a key figure when France attempt to defend the World Cup in November and December.

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Oladimeji Balogun
Oladimeji Balogun

Oladimeji Balogun is a graduate of the University of Ilorin where he studied Microbiology, he is a w...

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Ligue 1 2021/2022 TABLE

Ligue 1
No Teams P Pts
1 Paris Saint-Germain 38 86
2 Olympique Marseille 38 71
3 AS Monaco 38 69
4 Stade Rennais 38 66
5 Nice 38 66
Full Table

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Kylian Mbappe
Kylian
Mbappe
FR France
  • HEIGHT

    178cm

  • WEIGHT

    73kg

  • AGE

    23

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Real Madrid
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Real Madrid Club de Fútbol (meaning Royal Madrid Football Club), commonly referred to as Real Madrid, is a Spanish professional football...

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Paris Saint-Germain

Paris Saint-Germain Football Club commonly referred to as Paris Saint-Germain, Paris SG, or simply Paris or PSG, are a French profes...

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