Paris Saint-Germain and Kylian Mbappe appear to have put their contract dispute behind them as talk of a new deal began to swirl in the media.
The two sides are keen to complete negotiations on a contract extension that effectively rules out the Frenchman’s long-touted departure this summer.
Sky Sports report that they are considering two options, which could see Mbappe activate an initial one-year extension that will keep him at the club until 2025, or sign a brand new deal.
However, the World Cup winner was not interested in a move to the Middle East, despite being offered a staggering €700 million pay package for just one year.
Mbappe turned down the chance to speak to Al Hilal representatives, but the Saudi club finally got their money’s worth transfer when they completed a €95m move for his former team-mate Neymar.
The Brazilian’s departure will allow Mbappe to play in his preferred left-wing role, and Neymar’s exit also appears to have tipped the tide in PSG’s favour, with the Frenchman now set to extend his contract.
Perhaps Real Madrid’s reluctance to spend an outrageous amount to force a move away from PSG also contributed to Mbappe’s switch.
Ahead of his side’s trip to Celta Vigo, Carlo Ancelotti ruled out adding new faces to his squad, which he claimed was already complete.
Asked about the possibility of any last-minute reinforcements, the Italian manager said (via Mundo Deportivo): “No, I’m not ruling it out. 100% no – the team is closed.”
Mbappe’s new contract doesn’t change much in terms of his future at the Parc des Princes, but at least it means he won’t be going anywhere this summer.
While many reports claim he is committed to the PSG project, the France international is still keen to join Madrid, who are long-term admirers of his art.
The new contract satisfies PSG, who were desperate not to sign him for free next year, which could have been devastating both financially and sportingly.
However, Mbappe’s long-term future in the French capital is far from secure, with Madrid still lurking with intent.