Kylian Mbappe: PSG make short-term contract offer after Real Madrid talks

Paris Saint-Germain have made a short-term contract offer to Kylian Mbappe as they make their latest play to keep him at the Parc des Princes.

Mbappe’s current contract expires in the summer, allowing him to move for free after June 30.

On Monday, The Athletic Mbappe had reported agreed personal terms with Real, but PSG were still trying to convince him to change his mind. The 23-year-old had not signed paperwork with Real.

PSG sources insisted to The Athletic that Real’s confidence that he would move to the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer was misplaced. PSG have been open for the last year to a shorter-term extension than the five-year deal they would have initially preferred and the latest proposal is understood to be a three-year contract offer.

This would give PSG the opportunity to benefit from Mbappe’s talent next season while still retaining a strong resale value with the length of contract proposed.

It is understood that there is now an element of anxiety at Real that Mbappe will not move to Madrid, while PSG themselves still cannot say for certain what the player will ultimately decide.

PSG’s new offer has a significant focus on him being the centrepiece of the club’s brand going forward as a Parisian-born player.

France international Mbappe is esteemed as one of the finest forwards in Europe. He has scored 168 goals in 216 games for PSG, having joined them in 2017 from Monaco, the club with which he made his senior debut.

Mbappe won the World Cup with France in 2018 and the Nations League in 2021. He has also won Ligue 1, the French top flight, five times since emerging at Monaco.

On an individual front, he has been named the Ligue 1 player of the year three times, been selected in the Champions League squad of the season three times and was named as the best young player at the 2018 World Cup.

Real have won La Liga this season and are in the final of the Champions League.

Mbappe was at the center of a transfer saga involving Real last summer. The Madrid club tabled two offers for the Frenchman, but were ultimately unsuccessful in their pursuit.

He also scored twice in two games against Real in the Champions League round of 16 earlier this season but was unable to prevent PSG from being knocked out.

PSG head coach Mauricio Pochettino spoke last month about Mbappe’s future, and said the forward would “100 per cent” be at the club next season, as far as he knew at that time.

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