Following the introduction of Luis Enrique as PSG's new coach, club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has spoken publicly for the first time about the saga surrounding France captain Kylian Mbappe.
Although he indicated that he was not willing to let the Bondy native go for free, Al-Khelaifi spoke to Le Parisien after the press conference to explain his position.
“We want him to stay, but he can't go for free. That was our verbal agreement and he expressed it publicly in an interview. So it is not debatable", began by saying the president of PSG. “I was very surprised to learn that he intended to walk away for free. It's very disappointing because Kylian is a fantastic lad, a true gentleman, and going away for free, weakening the biggest French club, doesn't seem to be him. When I received this information, it surprised me and disappointed me".
With the summer transfer window already open, PSG and Mbappe are running out of time to solve this issue. Al-Khelaifi agrees that the matter is urgent and has set a deadline for when the Frenchman must make a final decision.
"That's why it has to be decided next week or in two weeks at the most," and he ended by saying that "If he doesn't want to sign a new contract, the door is open. That's how it is for him and everyone else. Nobody is bigger than the club, no player, not even me. That is very clear."
This might still end up in nothing and vanishing in thin air, but after all of the rumors we have been hearing for weeks on end, and with the confirmation of NAK about the position of PSG regarding the future of the club when it comes to keeping or selling Mbappe, there might actually be a solid chance of the Frenchman leaving Paris sooner than later. We'll keep you updated.