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Mbappe stays with PSG, rebuffing Real Madrid move

24 May 2022, 00:08 GMT+10

After a long suspense, France forward Kylian Mbappe has signed a contract extension with PSG that will keep him tied with the Ligue 1 side until 2025 - after rejecting an offer from the august Real Madrid.

At a press conference alongside PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Mbappe acknowledged that he had wanted to leave in the past but said he changed his mind: "Everybody knows last year I wanted to believe but I believed that was the best thing for me. But time has moved on. The sport has changed a bit and my personal life has changed too."

The PSG star was keen to emphasise his enthusiasm for the beautiful game as his overriding priority: "I'm a football player at heart [...] I love football, I'm passionate about it."

"We're keeping the best player in the world," Al-Khelaifi said.

Mbappe had been expected to move to Real Madrid as his existing contract with PSG reached its end, having been targeted by the Spanish giants ever since he was a young teenager.

Real's failure to get their man casts a shadow over their preparations for the Champions League final at the Stade de France next Saturday.

The 23-year-old had for so long seemed certain to sign with Real before being persuaded to commit to a new three-year deal with PSG, the club he joined in 2017 from Monaco.

His new salary is set to be even more eye-watering than before and accompanied by an astronomical signing-on fee: There were reports that Real's own offer included a signing-on fee of €150 million.

Mbappe underlined that he will not interfere in the management of PSG or in transfer policy after he decided to snub Real to stay with the club.

"I remain a footballer, who is part of a team, and I will not go beyond this role. I won't go beyond my role as a player," Mbappe said at the press conference.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

Originally published on France24

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