L1: Mbappe stays, Paris SG rejoices

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Party at Paris SG! Despite Real Madrid’s advances, Kylian Mbappé has decided on Saturday to extend his adventure with the capital’s club until 2025, which starts a new cycle, without Leonardo, the sporting director sacked in the evening.

Parc des Princes duly congratulated their new king, who scored a hat-trick (25th, 28th, 50th) to beat Metz (5-0) in the final game of the season.

The night marked by the festivities of the historic tenth championship title was magical for the club, which saw the light again after three difficult months.

“Excellent”, a big smile for Captain Marquinhos.

Neymar scores his 100th goal for PSG, Angel Di Maria gets a good eulogy for his departure, the ultras stopped their cheers at halftime, there were fireworks… and most of all, he scored “Kyky”!

A few minutes before the start, at the microphone, President Nasser Al-Khelaïfi personally went to publicize the news that had leaked to various media outlets that afternoon.

Mbappé, next to him on the small platform, said he was “very happy” to stay in “(his) city” in an exuberant stadium named after him.

– Commitment –

“I hope I will continue to do what I love to do, play football and win trophies,” said the striker, and ended the soap opera, which has left the football planet in suspense for a year, with style.

Kylian Mbappé's mother, Fayza Lamari, during the French forward's presentation at Paris SG, in Paris, 6 September 2017

Kylian Mbappé’s mother, Fayza Lamari, during the French forward’s presentation at Paris SG, in Paris, 6 September 2017

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Real Madrid, the genius of Bondy, 23, whose contract expired in June, made his choice of loyalty to a club that hired him in 2017, when he was “still nobody”, according to his statements in May 2021.

A Ballon d’Or nominee today after another exceptional season, the 2018 world champion also had to take the sporting guarantees necessary to stay, especially by becoming the center of the PSG project.

The party was just over as the club embarked on major maneuvers that were expected to breathe new life into the sacking of sporting director Leonardo, who has been in office since 2019.

Striker Kylian Mbappé (g) receives the best Ligue 1 player award alongside former player Thierry Henry at the UNFP Cups ceremony in Paris on 15 May 2022.

Striker Kylian Mbappé (g) receives the best Ligue 1 player award alongside former player Thierry Henry at the UNFP Cups ceremony in Paris on 15 May 2022.

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The Brazilian paid the price of a mixed season for the Parisians, who were eliminated in the Champions League qualifiers against Real last March (0-1, 3-1). Coach Mauricio Pochettino, whose name was whistled by the fans during the presentation of the trophy, was also able to follow.

These boos were the only mismatched moments in the union between the players and the ultras that lifted their incentive strikes at halftime, which lasted several weeks.

If 2021/22 has not fulfilled their galactic ambitions, at least the club is ending on a high note that gives them hope for next season.

Midfielder Ander Herrera said: “Kylian is the center of PSG but I think we have a very strong group. I am very optimistic for next season.”

Parisian fans are relieved to see Mbappé remain, after his long resignation, against the optimism of Madrid residents who are confident in their faith.

– “Insulting football” –

A sentiment shared by Samuel Christophe, 25, from Cachan (Val-de-Marne). “This (Saturday) morning, I still can’t believe it. It’s just coming in…”, he breathes. “I don’t know if it will save the season, but it’s heartwarming.” “This is great air conditioning (cold air for Real)!” before savoring it as you pass by!

On the Spanish side, Javier Tebas, the voice president of the Spanish Professional League (LaLiga), called the striker’s return an “insult to football” due to losses recorded by PSG in recent seasons – 225 M EUR, nothing more than 2020 /21 French According to the league.

The body he chairs announced in the evening that it would file a “complaint” against PSG to “defend the economic ecosystem of European football”.

PSG's French striker Kylian Mbappé (g) and Real Madrid's Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti after the Champions League round of 16 rematch between the two clubs on 9 March 2022 in Madrid

PSG’s French striker Kylian Mbappé (g) and Real Madrid’s Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti after the Champions League round of 16 rematch between the two clubs on 9 March 2022 in Madrid

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This twist looks like a major victory for Qatar fund QSI, which has owned PSG since 2011, six months before the World Cup held in the gas state where Mbappé and the Blues will go to defend their titles.

The Parisians remained united in their quest to win their first Champions League in 2020 after losing to Bayern Munich (1-0) and the striker’s last game.

While awaiting Europe’s new deadlines, Mbappé took home top scorer (28) and best setter (17) awards in the championship, a performance that no one had accomplished before him.

Argentine midfielder Angel Di Maria celebrates his goal with PSG against Lille at the French Championships in Paris on 29 October 2021.

Argentine midfielder Angel Di Maria celebrates his goal with PSG against Lille at the French Championships in Paris on 29 October 2021.

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Everything is ready for Edinson Cavani to break his record (200 goals) and become the top scorer in PSG history. With 171 goals, the player could be top scorer in the coming months.

Di Maria will no longer be there to make offers to her. The Argentinean received enthusiastic tribute from Park and his teammates, who planted a guard of honor for him when he left (rank 74). The Argentine, who played 294 matches as a Parisian, had previously shed tears while celebrating his 92nd goal.

Not wanting to use the additional season option in his contract, he leaves the club as if turning the pages of a disappointing 2021/22 season. With Mbappé extended, the best for PSG is yet to come.

Alexis HONTANG / Paris (AFP) / © 2022 AFP