He was expected around the corner and he did not disappoint. Following the absence of Neymar, Kylian Mbappé was cordially invited to take the leadership of the attack on Paris Saint-Germain. Not often decisive in these choppy Champions League matches, the native of Bondy responded in the most beautiful way: “Are you not happy? Triple ”. A performance of choice since we have to go back to 1997 to see the last player, in this case Andriy Shevchenko, score three goals for FC Barcelona at Camp Nou. Three achievements that also allowed the Ile-de-France to overtake a certain Pedro Miguel Pauleta and become the third top scorer in the history of the Rouge-et-Bleu.
Logically praised by the Spanish and European press, the international tricolor (39 caps, 16 goals) is talking a lot in Spain. There, the press, especially Madrid, keeps sending him to Real Madrid. Enjoying a fairly enormous popularity rating on the other side of the Pyrenees, Mbappé has no doubt conquered other Iberian hearts. And inevitably, his future under the Merengues colors quickly became a topic of discussion again just after the final whistle. Yesterday, the main interested party did not escape questions about his future.
Florentino Pérez expected at the turn
Under contract until 2022, Mbappé however calmed the game by suggesting that he was very happy in Paris. “The question comes up often. It would be “stupid” to play your future on a match, good or bad … I let the talk, I don’t really listen to what people say about my future. I always said that I was happy here, I am even happier with this kind of matches ”, he declared at the microphone of RMC Sport. What send an optimistic message about an extension?
In Madrid, in any case, the pressure has mounted a notch on the shoulders of the president of Casa Blanca, Florentino Pérez. “Maximum pressure for Florentino”, written elsewhere AS. At a time when Real Madrid still does not manage to settle the question of the succession of Cristiano Ronaldo, the socios merengues are more than ever demanding Mbappé. The only concern: the state of Real’s finances.
Very discreet on the transfer window and forced to demand wage cuts from its workforce because of the financial crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, will the Spanish club be able to afford a transfer of this dimension next summer? The question is. And for the former player and manager of Real Madrid, Jorge Valdano, Kylian Mbappé is still very far from the Bernabéu.
Mbappé has changed the situation
“He has the personality to show his full potential in important matches. But PSG was more than Mbappé alone. the second period was a torment for Barça. Mbappé is a little further from Real Madrid every day. He can ask you for 30 million euros (salary), which is what Neymar touches. And only PSG can give him this salary ”, he declared over the radio microphone Onda Cero, before adding that he saw more the PSG doing everything to extend his number 7, rather than selling it to afford Lionel Messi.
“I do not like PSG to be very interested today in the idea of replacing Mbappé with Messi. Tonight, Mbappé has changed the situation. Mbappé is more complete than Haaland, but I think Real Madrid need a goalscorer like Haaland more. “ Not sure, however, that the majority of Madrid supporters share the opinion of their former star.