Having operated on his knee, Ibrahimovic will be out for “7 to 8 months”.

“Cornerstone” of the future PSG, superstar striker Kylian Mbappé declared on Monday that he had extended the Paris “Sport” project until 2025.

He promised not to interfere in the decisions of his management, who consider him “the best player in the world”.

PSG found their capstone for the rebuild, but wanted to settle things in the crowded Parc des Princes amphitheater, where hundreds of journalists from all over the world had taken their seats for the epilogue of this long Mercato soap opera, which ended on Saturday.

“This election is a very strong sign, we are keeping the best player in the world,” said Paris President Nasser Al-Khelaïfi at the start of this eagerly awaited press conference, two days after the announcement of the player’s extension. “Today is a great day for PSG, for our fans in France and around the world: Kylian stays at PSG for the next three seasons, it’s important for us and for Ligue 1.”

Full of smiles, accompanied by his family and those around him (his father Wilfried Mbappé, his mother Fayza Lamari, his brother Ethan, his lawyer Delphine Verheyden), Mbappé was able to enjoy the end of this period of uncertainty. “It was a difficult decision,” he admitted, while reassuring that he “always wanted to take refuge in my football”.

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After this press conference, Mbappé was able to go to the forecourt of the Parc des Princes to chat with Ultra supporters and greet his audience before being a guest of the television news on TF1 at 8 p.m. that evening.

Yes, the Bondynois opted to stay at Paris, his favorite club, instead of going to Real Madrid who had been courting him for months. But this choice was made for purely sporting reasons, “to take France to the top”, and not for financial reasons.

“We talked about months of sport, hours (of image rights) and minutes of money, it took five minutes,” summarized Mbappé, dressed in a dark suit and matching tie, switching smiles and replies in French or English away .

“I will not exceed my function”

He also said he wanted to “thank you” to the Madrid fans. “They have always accepted me as one of their own, you have to be grateful, I hope they will understand that I have chosen to stay in my country. I am French and as a French I want to go a little further, lead France. ” the treble and dragging this championship and this club,” he explained.

Because if Mbappé chose to reject Real Madrid’s advances, at the risk of alienating much of Spain, it was certainly because he made sure he would be “the cornerstone of the project” in Paris, a formula already accepted by Al-Khelaïfi.

The 2018 world champion (23) said he wanted to extend sports guarantees, which he apparently received with the first guarantee of the dismissal of sports director Leonardo on the night from Saturday to Sunday shortly after the formalization of the extension of “Kyky”. .

On the other hand, there is no question for Mbappé to be in control of the sportsman or claim anything, not even the captain’s armband, which currently belongs to Brazilian Marquinhos.

“I remain a footballer, anchored in a collective, I will not transcend that capacity, I will not transcend my function as a player,” Mbappé said.

“Kylian wants to win”

And its President Nasser confirmed the statement: “He wants Kylian to win,” he pleaded.

“He’s an important player, the best player in the world, but we as a club decide what we want to do,” he said. “The sporting project is important for all players. Kylian never asked for anything, he wants to win like us and that’s a good thing.”

Never before has a speech aroused so much curiosity since Lionel Messi’s spectacular arrival, presented with fanfare in Paris in the middle of summer 2021. Except that at that point PSG had a sporting director who was well in charge and a coach who was already projected for the next sporting events.

This article was published automatically. Sources: ats/afp

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