PSG Release Blunt Official Statement Following Kylian Mbappe’s Transfer Threat At Ligue 1 Awards Night
Kylian Mbappe scooped up the Ligue 1 Player of the Year award for 2018/19 but just under the surface, all may not be well with the French boy wonder.
Mbappe was fully deserving of his award, scoring 32 goals in just 28 games as PSG strolled to a sixth league title in seven years, taking up the goalscoring burden in the long-term absence of the likes of Neymar and Edinson Cavani.
However, upon receiving his award, the 20-year-old came out with some rather murky comments, eluding to the fact that he may well be considering a move away from Paris in search of a new challenge with “more responsibility”.
“It’s a very important moment for me, I come to a turning point in my career,” Mbappe said. “I have discovered a lot here, and I feel it is maybe the moment to have more responsibility.
“I hope that can perhaps be at Paris St Germain, that would be a great pleasure. Or maybe elsewhere with a new project.”
Of course, there’s a chance PSG may hear this and throw another huge contract in front of the 2018 World Cup winner. But in the same breath, there’s every chance his mind is made up and he rejects any offer the French champions throw his way, opening up his move to a European titan.
But such a scenario will be easier said than done for Mbappe after PSG responded to his comments by suggesting both parties have a “shared ambition” and “will continue next season.”
A statement read: “For two years, a strong bond has been formed between PSG and Kylian Mbappe; and this story will continue next season. With a shared ambition to make European football history in the year of the club’s 50th anniversary.
“A highly-anticipated moment in which we can all come together to write a new, great page in the club’s history where each individual must play a role geared towards the collective.”
However, if there is one certainty in football, it’s that there are no guarantees and Mbappe could yet leave the French capital. As such, we’ve taken a look at the potential options should he follow up on his transfer threat.
Sure, Mbappe claims he wants “more responsibility”, but what 20-year-old footballer wouldn’t want the chance to play alongside Lionel Messi? Or Luis Suarez for that matter.
Such is Mbappe’s reverence for arguably the greatest player of all time, he even admitted to breaking his nap cycle just to watch Messi.
“I cut my nap this afternoon to watch Messi score two and then I went back to bed,” he said, before audaciously vowing to pip him to the European Golden Shoe.
Barcelona haven’t loosed their iron grip on La Liga since losing Neymar but they have majorly faltered in Europe – their latest continental embarrassment came in the form of their second-leg collapse against Liverpool in this season’s Champions League semi-final.
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Barca want their European crown back, Mbappe would likely jump at the chance to line up alongside Messi, and with those two playing alongside Suarez at the point of the attack, it’s hard to see anyone stopping them. Two plus two equals four, this is a match made in heaven.
Of course, there is another guy who likes to stake his claim for the G.O.A.T throne: Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo is 34 years old now but still managed 28 goals this season for Juventus, including six in the Champions League. But eventually, even for someone who keeps himself in the Spartan-esque shape that Ronaldo does, time catches up. The chance to play alongside this footballing god won’t be around forever.