PSG Deletes Promotion After Call Out by Mbappe
Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) recently faced some trouble when one of their star players, Kylian Mbappe, complained about the content of their season-ticket promotional video.
Mbappe, who recently signed a new three-year deal with the club, has been in prolific form this season, scoring 31 goals and contributing eight assists in 34 games across competitions. Despite this, rumors of a potential transfer to Real Madrid continue to swirl, with reports claiming that he has his sights set on moving to the Santiago Bernabeu in 2024.
The promotional video in question featured a monologue from Mbappe, with Parisian fans and young players featuring alongside him. However, Lionel Messi and Neymar were notably absent from the video, which some speculate could hint at their potential departure from the club.
Mbappe took to Instagram to express his disappointment with the promotional campaign. He voiced his displeasure at not being informed about the content of the video, and stated that he didn't agree with the published version.
He also stressed that he was fighting for his image rights and wanted to avoid anything that could create discord within the dressing room, especially amid rumors of Messi and Neymar's departure from the club this summer.
This incident is not the first time Mbappe has taken a stand for his image rights. Last year, he refused to participate in the team photo and sponsor activities for the French national team, citing a dispute with the French Football Federation (FFF) over the collective image rights of the players.
Mbappe's actions were seen as a move to help his fellow teammates, and the FFF said it would review its agreement on players' image rights.
While Mbappe is undoubtedly a lead figure for PSG, the club needs to keep all its star players happy to maintain a harmonious environment. The exclusion of Messi and Neymar from the promotional campaign could have been perceived as a slight by the two players, potentially leading to friction in the dressing room.
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According to sources, PSG is putting the situation down to a misunderstanding with Mbappe and will work to resolve the issue internally. The club will want to keep Mbappe on good terms, as rumors continue to circulate that the Frenchman is eyeing a move to Real Madrid in 2024.
There are reports that Mbappe has informed his inner circle that he wants to join the Spanish giants, with a clause in his contract allowing him to leave for free that year.
PSG will want to avoid any discord in the dressing room as they seek to retain their star striker for as long as possible.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid is closely monitoring the situation but is not actively looking for options to sign Mbappe in the coming summer. They are observing the saga from the sidelines and waiting until his contract at PSG ends in 2024 before making any move.
This plan is not surprising, considering Mbappe is likely to cost a fortune, and Real Madrid is not in a position to finance such a deal this summer.
Mbappe was close to signing for Real Madrid last summer before renewing his contract at PSG. It seemed that communications between the two entities had been lost completely after that debacle. However, it appears that Real Madrid has continued to monitor the Frenchman's situation at PSG.