“The position you are in now does not determine where you will end up”, said Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States. Maxime with particular resonance at the time of the #pivotgang launched by Kylian Mbappé. Closer to the Parisian spleen than to the American dream, the forward of the French national team (59 appearances, 28 goals), linked to the club in the capital until June 2025, dreams today of abandoning the romanticism of Lutèce. No matter the stars present at his side, the financial guarantees erected or the ambitions assumed by the gas emirate, the Bondy boy feels betrayed today.
Kylian Mbappé’s Parisian adventure turns into a fiasco…
After the moment of excitement – aroused by his stretch – the champion of France now lives to the rhythm of cumbersome palpitations. From rigor to positioning, passing through a denigrated transfer window and deteriorating relationships, PSG sees Kylian Mbappé walking away day after day. And for good reason. Frustrated, annoyed, even deprived, for some, of a certain responsibility, the one who will blow out his 24th candle on December 20 obviously does not have the birthright but mourns, today, many promises… In this context, brand specified on Thursday that Kylian Mbappé would strongly advise his management to recruit Aurélien Tchouameni, then at AS Monaco. Finally left for… Madrid – daydream of KM7 – the midfielder of the Merengues is not, after all, the only commitment mocked by the Parisian management.
The adventure continues…🔴🔵 pic.twitter.com/w0STNY0oLQ
— Kylian Mbappe (@KMbappe) May 21, 2022
Also according to the Spanish newspaper, PSG had promised the 2018 world champion to have 500 million euros available to terminate the contracts of Lionel Messi and Neymar! In Mbappé’s sights due to his low investment, the Auriverde striker, under contract until 2027 and with a salary of 30 million euros a year, has nevertheless remained in Paris. A (new) terrible affront for the former Monegasque, who has already recovered. Therefore, the revelations of Mediapart regarding the army of fake accounts paid by the Rouge-et-Bleu to criticize it on social networks, they have definitively confirmed the Parisian star in his choice to set sail early. No offense to climate skeptics. A possible departure with different consequences for PSG and French football.
Economic consequences, sports losses!
As such, how can we fail to mention the economic consequences of such an outcome? “Ligue 1 is today a platform of international stars. We’re home to some of the biggest stars in the game, whether it’s Messi, Neymar or our national icon Kylian Mbappé. In this regard, I take advantage of the platform given to me today to warmly thank him for his choice to stay in L1. It is an opportunity for France, an opportunity for our competition and an opportunity for our project. Kylian perfectly embodies the image we want to give to our L1 in the future. We want an ambitious and successful L1, like Kylian. I hope we will soon have the opportunity to discuss this together”assured, in this sense, the president of the Professional Football League, Vincent Labrune, aware of Mbappé’s contribution to the development of the French championship.
Without the 23-year-old striker, a central attraction in the French league, it seems difficult to make a profit “this project” cited by the former head of OM, in particular after having convinced the CVC Capital Partners fund to inject 1.5 billion euros against 13% of the shares of a commercial subsidiary of the LFP. With the ambition of bringing the rights of L1 – 663 million euros a year today – to at least 860 million euros a year for the period 2024-2028, Labrune, which is even aiming for 1.8 billion euros in revenues (TV rights in France and around the world, digital, etc.) in 2028, is fully aware of the performance that Mbappé can represent, precisely in terms of international rights for the L1. A true loss leader, like Lionel Messi or Neymar, for foreign networks, PSG’s number 7 would allow real growth in international revenues, now estimated at 80 million euros for Ligue 1 and very far from the revenues recorded by the Premier League (1 4 billion euros per year in turnover outside its borders) or La Liga (1 billion).
In addition to the financial aspect, this possible transfer of Kylian Mbappé to the streets of Madrid, to the banks of the Mersey or under other skies would constitute a real sporting loss, and in fact a loss of attractiveness for our league. Admirers or not of French talent, the Ile-de-France striker’s performances also make him this extraordinary ambassador of French football. As such, it is enough to list his statistics since his arrival in the capital in July 2018.
2017/2018: 21 goals and 16 assists in 44 games in all competitions.
2018/2019: 39 goals and 17 assists in 43 games in all competitions.
2019/2020: 30 goals and 18 assists in 37 games in all competitions.
2020/2021: 42 goals and 11 assists in 47 games in all competitions.
2021/2022: 39 goals 26 assists in 46 games in all competitions.
2022/2023 (current season): 12 goals in 13 games in all competitions.
A new government?
Finally, a new turning point in Kylian Mbappé’s career could also cause real changes in the governance of the Parisian club in the coming weeks. As indicated by The Parisian and confirmed by us, Luis Campos, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi’s sports advisor since this summer, should also leave the current leader of Ligue 1 if the 2018 world champion were to fly away to other horizons. Very close to the French striker, whom he has known since he was 14, the 58-year-old Portuguese leader could also be followed by Christophe Galtier. Maintaining an accomplice link with Campos since his days at Lille, the former Aiglons coach, under contract until 2025 with PSG, would not close the door to a departure in January or at the latest at the end of the season, if and only if AT the scenario is confirmed Friend of Proust, Princess Bibesco had finally got it right. “Prolonging goodbyes is never worth much, it is not the presence that is prolonged, but the departure”.
— Kylian Mbappe (@KMbappe) May 22, 2022