Kylian Mbappe, the star striker for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), has been left out of the club’s pre-season tour of Asia, adding to the uncertainty surrounding his future.
With only players fully committed to the club included in the tour, PSG is sending a message that no player is more important than the team.
Mbappe has entered the final year of his contract with PSG, and there are concerns that he intends to run down his contract in order to join Real Madrid on a free transfer next summer.
PSG is unwilling to let Mbappe leave for nothing and is open to selling him this summer to avoid that scenario.
However, despite receiving offers for the player, Mbappe has shown little interest in leaving now, as his sights are set on joining Real Madrid.
It is believed that Real Madrid would prefer to sign him as a free agent next year rather than paying a substantial fee now, and Mbappe would stand to earn a significant signing bonus.
This situation has led to a tense standoff between PSG and Mbappe, with reports suggesting that the French champions feel betrayed by the player’s actions.
While many top clubs in England would love to sign Mbappe, it is clear that his preference is to join Real Madrid.
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has asked Mbappe to either sign a new contract or leave the club this summer.
Mbappe does have the option to extend his current deal for another year, but he has shown little interest in doing so.
The team is scheduled to play matches in Osaka and Tokyo before heading to South Korea for further games.
This article was updated 1 month ago