Kylian Mbappé’s contract extension at Paris Saint-Germain has surprised the whole football world in recent days – especially Real Madrid and its fans. Now the Frenchman has revealed what made him stay.
It was a slap in the face for Los Blancos when they found out that Mbappé is staying in Paris and not moving to Madrid. Real President Florentino Perez is said to have learned of this decision via WhatsApp, the Spanish TV broadcaster knows The beach bar. “I inform you that I have decided to stay at PSG,” the 23-year-old reportedly wrote. “I want to thank you for the opportunity you gave me to play at Madrid, the club I’ve been a fan of since I was a child,” Mbappé continued.
At a press conference on Monday, the striker explained why he extended his contract in Paris and decided not to move to Real. “Everyone knows that I wanted to leave last year and I was convinced at the time that it would be the best decision,” Mbappé told the press. “Time goes by and the way you look at things changes with it. That applies both to sport and to me personally. I was able to make my choice with complete freedom. I know how important that is in France.”
France is the country where the striker grew up. “I’ve always lived here. Leaving my country wouldn’t have been the right thing,” enthuses the Parisian.
In addition, the right-footer thinks that his story at PSG is over. Mbappé sees how the club is currently changing, which helped him in his decision-making.
The princely annual salary of guaranteed 60 million euros and bonus money of around 120 million euros certainly influenced the French international’s decision the most. In addition, the striker should have a say in the future choice of coach for the Parisians. Not to mention the captain’s armband and the guarantee of being able to take the penalty kick all the time.