Kylian Mbappé's exclusion from Paris Saint-Germain's summer tour of Japan and South Korea marks a significant moment in the club's history.
According to reports from L'Equipe, PSG has officially made the decision to drop their star striker due to his lack of clarity about his future. The club suspects that Mbappe may already have an agreement with Real Madrid for a move in 2024 when he will enter free agency.
The earthquake-like decision was announced after PSG's friendly victory against Le Havre (2-0) on Friday evening. However, that decision was taken in advance after Mbappe failed to give PSG a definitive answer about his plans for an extension with the French club.
The club believes that "Mbappe's reluctance to activate the option for an additional year in his contract indicates his desire to leave" in 2024. That, in turn, has forced PSG's hand to try and secure a sale now rather than losing the superstar for nothing next year.
According to L'Equipe, PSG aim to "embark on a new era" during the tour in Japan, signaling "a turning point in their policy towards their stars" and making it clear that they will start to "take strong decisions against their key players" if that's needed.
The club's firm stance sends a clear message that "no player, not even one of the best footballers in the world, is above the institution."
PSG is determined not to repeat past instances of covering up player excesses, choosing instead to take decisive action, L'Equipe reports confirming earlier leaks about the new approach of PSG toward squad building and management.
Most interestingly, the French sports outlet noted that "there has been no established contact between PSG and Real Madrid" for now, although "the door for a potential exit is open to Mbappe."
According to L'Equipe, Mbappe has "remained composed" and has not overreacted to the news of his absence from the official group flying to Japan on Saturday, July 22, as ridiculous as that sounds.