Mbappé and Neymar leave the future of PSG in the air

Something happens at PSG, when their two megacracks, Neymar Jr. and Kylian Mbappé, nor only they have not yet signed their respective renovations, but they do not rule out a change of scenery. The uncertainty that surrounds the future of the two superstars shows that the sports-financial-political project of the Qataris in Paris presents some structural failure for not seducing two of the biggest stars in world football enough.

Sportingly, the French champion has taken important steps in Europe, where he has overcome taboos and traumas. Last year he reached his first Champions League final, where he could not beat Bayern in a tremendous state. And, in this 2021, he is already in the semifinals of the petrodollars against Manchester City. Before they eliminated Barça and took revenge on those from Munich (who could not count on Lewandowski throughout the quarter-final tie). Nobody doubts that PSG is a continentally competitive team. Even so, its two totems doubt the suitability of remaining in the Parc des Princes. From a financial point of view, PSG has the muscle and the financing capacity (with the Emirate of Qatar behind them) to face the renovation of the two footballers on whom he intends to sustain his dynasty in European football. Here the difference is abysmal. Neymar if he returns to Barça it will be with a significant retraction in his salary (in 2019 he agreed to charge the same as in 2017) and Mbappé does not seem that what matters most to him is his current account.

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For all these reasons, entering the decisive phase of the season without either of the two superstars having extended their contractual relationship is a monumental failure for PSG, personalized by its top leader, its president, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi.


Neymar has been fighting PSG for more than a year. He has closed an agreement to stay in Paris until June 2026, but he does not sign it because he wants to hear Barça first. If you were so convinced that staying in Paris is your first and best option, you would have closed the matter by now and have the renewal premium in your pocket. Very cleverly, Neymar Sr. has extended the negotiation until there is only one year left for the completion of the current relationship. It should not be forgotten that every summer that Neymar has spent as a PSG player he has tried to return to Barcelona, ​​with the exception of last year. In the midst of the pandemic, and with the Champions being decided in Lisbon in August, the Brazilian sought stability and publicly stated his desire to remain at the club. Perhaps because it was impossible to go to any other destination. In 2019, in which he came to stand and refused to play, he was one step away from achieving his goal.


Mbappé is different from Neymar. Play in your country. He was World Champion in Russia 2018 as a PSG footballer and is seven years younger than the Brazilian. Another nationality, another generation, and yet the same desire: to leave Paris. He has one more year of contract, like Ney, until June 30, 2022, but there is no closed agreement, as there is with the Brazilian. What’s more, the positions between the French striker and his club are very, very far apart.

While, Florentino Pérez and City, With the petrodollars of the United Arab Emirates travestied in a sports project, they are on the prowl. And Kylian, and his family, are loved by Zidane and Pep Guardiola, with a power of seduction, which, it seems, is much greater than he had Tuchel and now Mauricio Pochettino.

The PSG, no matter how much he ends up winning the Champions League, he has to live with the humiliation of knowing that right now he is the second plate for his two figures, only tied (and never better said) by their contractual ties. If Neymar continues it will be due to lack of option and Mbappé knows that he has to wait, since his departure this summer is practically impossible, regardless of the future of his Brazilian colleague.

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