Spain was excited about a incorporation that would give its league, somewhat hit by the departure of Messi, a great leap in quality. Mbappé’s flirtations in recent weeks with Real Madrid had reached the point that in the Iberian country they already took it for granted that the great PSG figure would wear the white shirt next season. However, today the news fell like a bucket of cold water: Kylian Mbappé He will continue his career in Paris, where he will sign a contract for three more years.
A WhatsApp message sent directly by the footballer himself to the president of Real Madrid, Florentino Pérez, began what in Spain they consider an unpleasant surprise. The merengue club and the striker had reached an agreement last week in a contract that included the payment of 130 million euros as a signing bonus, in addition to assuring him the government of image rights and an impressive salary. Florentino: I inform you that I have decided to stay at PSG. I want to thank him for the opportunity he has given me to play for Real Madrid, the club I have been a fan of since I was little. I hope you will be understanding with my decision. I wish him good luck in the European Cup final”, that is the message that, according to Spanish media, Mbappé sent, in French, to the merengue boss.
However, pressure not only from the owners of PSG, but – they say – even from the president of France, Emmanuel Macron, twisted the story. “I am happy to stay here, in this club, in my city, in Paris, in my house.. I’m very happy and I hope to continue winning titles at this club. Thank you all very much”, said Mbappé on the pitch of the Parc des Princes, where he announced his continuity before the start of the match against Metz.
The reactions in Spain were immediate, from those who take this as a betrayal to those who see in this new agreement between Mbappé and PSG a financial maneuver that goes beyond what is permitted. Regarding the latter, one of those who raised his voice was none other than Javier Tebas, president of LaLiga: “What PSG is going to do by renewing Mbappé with large amounts of money (to know where and how he pays them) after of giving losses of €700M in recent seasons and having more than €600M of wages, It is an INSULT to football. Al-Khelafi is as dangerous as the Super League.” tweeted the strong man of Spanish football.
For its part, from the popular TV program El Chiringuito they broadcast what Florentino Pérez would have replied to Mbappé’s message. “I’m sorry for what happened in the last few days. They have broken the illusion you had since childhood. I wish you the best”, those were the words of the manager, as they trusted the television show.
In this sense, at an organic level, LaLiga issued a statement announcing that it will denounce PSG before the main European organizations. The statement says the following:
Faced with Kylian Mbappé’s possible announcement of remaining at Paris Saint-Germain, LaLiga wants to state that this type of agreement threatens the economic sustainability of European football, putting hundreds of thousands of jobs and sporting integrity at risk in the medium term, not only from European competitions, but also from our domestic leagues.
It is scandalous that a club like PSG, which last season lost more than 220 million euros, after having accumulated losses of 700 million euros in recent seasons (even declaring income from sponsorships of a very dubious amount) with a cost of sports staff around 650 million for this 21/22 season, can face an agreement of these characteristics while those clubs that could accept the arrival of the player without seeing their wage bill compromised, are left without being able to sign him.
For all of the above, LaLiga is going to file a complaint against PSG before UEFA, administrative and tax authorities in France and before the competent bodies of the European Union, to continue defending the economic ecosystem of European football and its sustainability. .
On previous occasions, LaLiga has already made complaints against PSG for non-compliance with UEFA’s financial fair play as a result of which UEFA harshly sanctioned PSG, although the CAS revoked them in a strange resolution.
LaLiga and many European football institutions were hopeful that with the entry of the PSG president, Mr. Nasser Al-Khelaifi, into European football management bodies such as the former UEFA or the ECA Presidency, he would refrain from carrying out these practices knowing the serious damage they cause, but it has not been like that, quite the opposite. Being PSG with unacceptable salary masses, with large economic losses in previous seasons, it assumes an impossible investment in this situation, which undoubtedly implies non-compliance with the current economic control regulations not only of UEFA, but of French football itself. .
These behaviors denote even more that the state clubs do not respect or want to respect the rules of an economic sector as important as football, key to the sustainability of hundreds of thousands of jobs.
This type of behavior led by Nasser Al-Khelaifi, president of PSG, due to his status as a member of the former UEFA, president of the ECA, is a danger to European football at the same level as the Super League.
The cover war
The Spanish newspaper Marca, specialized in sports, was one of the media that most insisted that Mbappé’s arrival at Real Madrid was a fact. Once the striker’s continuity in France was announced, the newspaper published the cover with a title that is a clear irony towards the footballer: “It takes a lot of class to play for Madrid. Neither slow nor lazy, the response came from France, where the sports newspaper L’Equipe headlined on its cover: “France 2-Spain 0″.
The cover of L’Equipe
The voice of the companions
One of the protagonists of the day was Angel Di Maria, who played his last game in a PSG shirt. Fideo gave his opinion on Mbappé’s decision and also how he found out about the news: “I think he has made an important decision and I think it was the right one. He is still young and has time to go to Madrid, he has time to go wherever he wants, he has only signed three more years and he will be 26, he has a lot ahead of him, he likes to make history and will continue to make history here, he is close to 200 goals . He was in his siesta, he didn’t know anything, but it was noticeable a little bit, he didn’t say anything and he was still here, ”said the Argentine after the win against Metz.
Another who told his surprise was the Spanish Andrew Herrera: “The PSG dressing room found out at the same time as the rest of the world, I had no idea,” admitted the midfielder, adding: “We applauded him. The fact that he could become the most important player in the club’s history weighed heavily here. We know that we are an attractive club that there is a beautiful project. I would be surprised if he had left… I don’t know, I’m not going to name names.”