L'Equipe reports that PSG still holds out hope for Kylian Mbappe to commit to a new contract with the club, thereby dismissing the notion of him joining Real Madrid next summer.
Mbappe's most recent contract extension, signed at the conclusion of the previous season, was a relatively short-term commitment, spanning just two years with an optional third year, which could only be triggered by the player himself. This option lapsed earlier this summer when Mbappe officially conveyed in writing to PSG his decision not to activate the clause that would have extended his contract until 2025.
Unsurprisingly, PSG reacted negatively to this development, fearing the potential loss of such a vital asset on a free transfer. However, Mbappe eventually reconciled with the board after providing assurances about his future. These assurances revolved around his decision to forgo a substantial loyalty bonus for the current year, valued at approximately €100m, saving PSG nearly the same amount they would have earned had they sold him this summer.
Nonetheless, PSG's president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, has not abandoned hope that Mbappe might have a change of heart and choose to remain beyond this season's conclusion. According to L'Equipe, several factors now favor the club's cause.
These factors include significant squad changes, such as Neymar's departure and the arrivals of French internationals Lucas Hernandez, Randal Kolo Muani, and Ousmane Dembele, which have pleased Mbappe. Moreover, with Lionel Messi's departure, the French striker now finds himself at the core of the team's project. His brother's emergence as a first-team member has also contributed to improving his morale.
The relationship between Al-Khelaifi and Mbappe has mellowed following an eventful summer. The club president, who had once referred to Kylian simply as "the captain of France" in a team address, has since reestablished a more amicable rapport with the player, allowing for constructive conversations. Importantly, PSG believes that a strong showing in the Champions League this season under the guidance of coach Luis Enrique could influence Mbappe to reconsider his options.