Kylian Mbappe rejoices, La Liga livid
Kylian Mbappe has signed a contract extension with Paris St Germain that will keep the France forward tied with the Ligue 1 side until 2025, the French champions said on Saturday.
“I wanted to announce that I have chosen to extend my contract at Paris Saint-Germain, and I am of course very happy. I am convinced that here I can continue to grow within a club that gives itself all the means to perform at the highest level,” the 23-year-old said in a club statement.
Mbappe and club president Nasser Al Khelaifi posed holding a “Mbappe 2025” PSG shirt before the last game of the Ligue 1 season against Metz as the crowd erupted when Al Khelaifi broke the news at the Parc des Princes.
Mbappe went on to score a hat-trick in PSG’s 5-0 victory over Metz. Neymar netted his 100th goal for PSG and Angel Di Maria completed the tally.
Mbappe, whose current contract expires on June 30, had been widely tipped to join Real Madrid.
La Liga reacted angrily to Mbappe’s contract extension, saying it would file a complaint against PSG to European soccer’s governing body Uefa. La Liga said PSG’s new offer to Mbappe “attacks the economic stability” of European football.
“It is scandalous that a club like PSG, which last season reported losses of more than 220 million euros ($232.32 million) after accumulating losses of more than 700 million euros in prior seasons ... with a squad cost around 650 million for this season, can close such an agreement,” LaLiga said.
PSG declined to comment on La Liga’s stance.