Kylian Mbappe has resolved his dispute with Paris Saint-Germain by making the unusual decision to forgo his loyalty bonus.
“Mbappe has agreed with Paris Saint-Germain to forgo the €80 million ($114 million) loyalty bonus he was due to receive if he stays at the club this season, which means the club will save €100 million,” 90MIN reported on Sunday, citing sources.
Mbappe’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain includes an €80 million loyalty bonus if he stays at the club this season.
It was a device that Paris Saint-Germain had put in place to keep hold of Mbappe, who has been linked to Real Madrid for years, but it turned out to be a factor in the conflict between the club and Mbappe in the summer transfer window.
The move was triggered by Mbappe’s announcement that he would not be exercising his contract extension option with Paris Saint-Germain. Paris Saint-Germain had been pushing for a move for Mbappe next summer, saying they could not let him leave on a free transfer, and local media reported that Mbappe had indicated that he would not be leaving in the summer transfer window in order to receive a loyalty bonus. When Mbappe refused to leave the club, Paris Saint-Germain pressed for a move, starting with a preseason exclusion and then relegating him to the second team training ground after the opening day.
However, the situation changed after the opening game when the club and Mbappe dramatically reconciled. “We had a very constructive and positive discussion with Mbappe ahead of the game against Lorient and he returned to team training for the first time this morning,” the club said in a statement on March 13.
Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who had focused on getting rid of Mbappe, said upon his return, “Mbappe is an incredible player and a fantastic person. Paris Saint-Germain has never been so united on and off the field.”
Italian Tuttomercato Marco Contemporaneo published an exclusive report on March 31 that Paris Saint-Germain are in talks with Mbappe to extend his contract until 2026. The key is the insertion of a (buyout) clause in the summer of 2024. A buyout clause would allow Mbappe to pursue a move to Real Madrid at the end of the season, and would allow Paris Saint-Germain to collect a buyout fee if they sold him.
However, the resolution of the conflict does not mean that Mbappe has decided to stay with Paris Saint-Germain. “Mbappe’s attitude is still that he will not agree to a new contract,” 90MIN added.
Mbappe made his first official appearance of the season against Toulouse in the second round, scoring the first goal from the penalty spot. He followed that up with back-to-back multi-goal performances against Reims and Lyon to lead his side to two consecutive wins 토토사이트.
Mbappe has scored 196 goals in 219 career appearances for Paris Saint-Germain.