Kylian Mbappe Calls PSG a "Polarizing Team" Amidst Contract Dispute
Kylian Mbappe has expressed his opinion about his current club, Paris St Germain, referring to it as a "polarizing team" amidst a contract dispute between him and the French Ligue 1 champions.
Tensions between Mbappe and PSG escalated recently when the French striker announced his decision not to extend his contract, which is set to expire at the end of the upcoming season. This would allow him to leave the club for free in June 2024.
If Mbappe sees out his contract, PSG would be unable to recover any of the €180 million ($197 million) they initially invested to acquire him. PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi has firmly stated that they will not allow Mbappe to depart without a transfer fee.
Mbappe, who has been Ligue 1's leading goal scorer for the past five seasons, has been strongly linked with a potential move to Real Madrid.
In an interview with France Football magazine, Mbappe commented, "I believe that playing for PSG doesn't contribute much because it's a team that creates divisions, and the club itself is divisive." However, he did not provide further details regarding his statement.
When contacted by Reuters for a response on Saturday, PSG representatives did not provide an immediate reply.
Despite PSG's dominance in securing nine out of the last eleven Ligue 1 titles, Mbappe's dissatisfaction stems from the team's performance in the UEFA Champions League. Despite considerable investment in the squad, PSG has never won the prestigious European trophy.
This year, PSG was eliminated in the round of 16 by Bayern Munich, failing to score in both legs. Mbappe was unavailable due to injury in the first leg and expressed their helplessness in the second leg.
Mbappe asserted that he was the "most influential player" during the group stage but struggled to explain the missing elements within PSG, leading to what he perceives as a "glass ceiling" for the club in European competitions. He added, "We did everything we could. The people responsible for team selection, squad organization, and club management should be approached for further insights."