The French international forward has long been linked to the Spanish giants, but then on Saturday it was announced that Mbappe was signing a three-year contract extension to stay in the French capital until 2025.
And the 23-year-old admitted that the decision to stay at PSG was not an easy one.
“It was a difficult decision,” he said at a press conference in Paris. “Football was my refuge.
He added, “I knew there would be time to talk about it and I wanted to take my time to make the right decision, to make my decision. I didn’t have any problems with blood pressure because I’ve been living with it since I was 14.”
Mbappe’s decision – or indecision – about his future has been widely discussed over the past 12 months.
The 2018 World Cup winner’s contract was due to expire this summer, and since he was a self-expressing Real Madrid fan, the connection between the two was clear.
Even at a press conference on Monday, Mbappe admitted he was interested in joining the Spanish giant.
“Everyone knows that I wanted to leave last year and I was convinced that this would be the best decision at that time.”
But according to Mbappé, things have changed in the meantime, and last week he finally made the decision to stay in France.
“The years go by, but they are different, and the context is different now. This applies to both sports terms and personal,” he said. “I was free to decide and I know how important it is here in France.
“This is the country where I grew up. I have always lived here and it was wrong to leave my country. There is a sentimental aspect to this. This is my country. The sports project has also changed. made me want to stay here because I don’t think my story is over yet. This applies both collectively and individually. I think there are many more great chapters to write here.”
Mbappé’s decision to stay in Paris came after another stellar season for the young superstar.
His team PSG was the undisputed winner of Ligue 1, as well as the top scorer and the best assistant in the league.
In fact, on the day of the announcement of the contract extension, Mbappe scored a hat-trick in a 5-0 win against Metz.
But with European trophies still out, the question remains whether this new big-money deal will increase Mbappe’s influence in the project or if he’s been promised a captaincy.
However, the 23-year-old football player denied these rumors.
“As for the project here, you don’t need to put any special responsibility into it. The club always has a captain, and we have one, so I’m not going to take on the role of Marquinhos. He plays a key role. A role in the dressing room and he deserves the captain’s armband is not a priority for me.
“I don’t need to be a captain to speak my mind and lead by example on the pitch.”
“I know they are disappointed”
The news of Mbappe’s new contract with PSG was met with great anger by Real Madrid fans, which he admitted.
“I know they are disappointed, I hope they understand my decision,” he said. “They have always accepted me and I have been wearing this shirt since I was 14. I have to thank them.”
Shortly after Mbappe’s new contract was announced, Spanish league La Liga released a statement saying it would file a complaint against the deal due to PSG’s “non-compliance with financial fair play” by UEFA.
“La Liga wants to say that these types of agreements undermine the economic stability of European football, endangering hundreds of thousands of jobs and the integrity of the sport, not only in European competitions but also in domestic leagues,” the statement said.
PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi reacted to these comments on Monday.
“Maybe it’s good if Ligue 1 is doing better than La Liga,” Al-Khelaifi said.
“La Liga is not the same as it was three or four years ago. I respect all clubs, but we also need respect.”
“We have the best player in the world. This is what is important to us. As far as what other people say, it’s not a problem. I don’t listen to it.”