PSG gives Mbappe till end of July to decide his future with club

Paris, Jul 6 (EFE).- Paris Saint-Germain sent a sharply worded letter to Kylian Mbappe giving the star striker until July 31 to renew his contract or be put on the market, French sports daily L’Equipe reported Thursday.

The three-page missive, dated Monday, reproaches the France captain for causing “enormous harm” to the club by stating publicly that he will not make a decision about renewing his contract, which expires June 30, 2024, before the end of the upcoming season, raising the prospect that he could leave on a free transfer.

Mbappe conveyed that position to the club in writing in June and confirmed it later to reporters.

Word of the letter came a day after club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said that PSG needed a decision from Mbappe within two weeks.

“If Kylian wants to stay, we want him to stay, but to sign a new contract,” Al-Khelaifi said during the presentation of Luis Enrique as PSG’s new manager. “We cannot let the best player in the world leave for free.”

Mbappe, 24, signed a two-year extension with PSG in May 2022 after the Ligue 1 club rejected several offers from Real Madrid and following an appeal from French President Emmanuel Macron for the Paris native to remain with his hometown team.

In this week’s letter, the club said that its willingness to make a major investment in retaining Mbappe was based on the assumption that PSG would either continue to benefit from his services beyond June 2024 or receive a substantial transfer fee from another team.

Noting that Mbappe’s written notification to the club that he will not renew his contract – sent last month – was dated July 12, 2022, PSG accused him of a “lack of sincerity.”

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