Mbappe unhappy at PSG? The sporting director speaks
Paris Saint-Germain sporting advisor Luís Campos has said that Kylian Mbappé (23) is “happy in Paris” reports Fabrizio Romano. Mbappé signed a contract extension at the Ligue 1 club back in May, ending months of speculation that he was going to sign for Real Madrid on a free transfer. The forward, who is currently competing in the World Cup with France, signed a three-year deal, keeping him at the club until 2025.
However, rumours of Mbappé’s pending departure have persisted. In early October, Le Parisien reported that the forward wanted to leave the club in January, as he felt “betrayed” by the club. It was reported that the former AS Monaco man felt that promises that were made when he signed the deal weren’t kept.
However, those rumours have abated in recent weeks. Campos, who worked with Mbappé at Monaco, has now said that the forward is “happy” at the club. “He made his decision and right now he is doing very well at PSG. He’s happy in Paris. In Paris, they must enjoy having one of the best, if not the best player at this moment. But in the future, I don’t know,” said Campos.
France became the first team to qualify for the round of 16 after two victories from their group D games – and Mbappé has played a starring role in both. In the 4-1 win over Australia, he scored the fourth and set up one of Olivier Giroud’s goals. Then in the 2-1 win over Denmark he netted both goals, including a late 86th-minute winner.
Pundits the world over have been waxing lyrical about the forward since his star turn on Saturday. With seven goals in nine World Cup appearances, Mbappé’s double “made the difference” against the Danes, said French newspaper Le Monde. In The Mirror Josh O’Brien praised the “mercurial” No.10 for being “at the heart of everything positive” for the French, while broadcaster Sky Sports led with a headline which said Mbappé “lights up” the World Cup.
“What a performance” it was from the star in France’s team, said Ethan van Ristell on Eurosport. By notching another brace, it takes his tally for his country to 31 goals, “moving him ahead of Jean-Pierre Papin and Just Fontaine in the goalscoring rankings”. He is also now level with Zinedine Zidane, and sits joint seventh in the all-time goalscoring list for Les Bleus.