LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – Kylian Mbappe has criticized Paris Saint-Germain over another season that ended in Champions League disappointment.
PSG’s life is still plagued by Europe’s top competition after a dismal start to this season’s edition saw them finish second in a group that also included Benfica, Juventus, and Maccabi Haifa.
This resulted in a challenging round of 16 matchup against six-time champion Bayern Munich, who destroyed the capital club.
For the fifth time in seven seasons, PSG was eliminated at the last-16 stage after easy wins both at home and away completed a 3-0 aggregate victory.
Mbappe, who lost to Bayern in the 2020 final but came close, lamented yet another setback, telling La Gazzetta dello Sport: “For a player like me, the goal is to win everything.
And we were aware that PSG had issues that we would eventually have to pay for.
Regarding the recent disagreement about his contract, which is slated to expire next year, and rumors that he may try to move to Real Madrid this summer, Mbappe said: “I merely said that I wouldn’t exercise the option on the extra year; I didn’t indicate I wanted to be sold to Real Madrid or that I wanted to leave. There has never been any discussion of a renewal with PSG.
There have been rumors associating him with a move away from Paris and to Madrid, who undoubtedly know how to win a Champions League, as the Frenchman alludes to.
Real Madrid, who have won a record 14 European championships, are in search of a long-term successor for the lately moved-on Karim Benzema, who last week finalized a move to Saudi champions Al-Ittihad.
But in order to do that, Los Blancos will need PSG to put Mbappe up for sale, as the player appears adamant he won’t be forced to go.
The 24-year-old has just one year left on his contract, but Madrid would be willing to pay up to €200 million (£171 million/$216 million) for him.
Mbappe has stated that he doesn’t want to leave just yet, but the transfer crisis appears to be poised to take center stage for a second consecutive summer.