As Paris Saint-Germain’s season got here to an finish on Saturday with a 5-0 thrashing off Metz, followers of the Ligue 1 membership contained in the Parc des Princes had been greeted with the information they’ll have lengthy waited for however by no means thought would come. Kylian Mbappe was spurning Actual Madrid’s advances to signal a brand new contract to stick with the French membership.
PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi broke the information to supporters on the pitch forward of kick-off, introducing the World Cup winner to the gang by declaring: “I’m proud to give you a beautiful news: Kylian Mbappe has signed until June 2025 with Paris Saint-Germain.”
Then addressing the gang himself, Mbappe stated: “I’m very glad to remain at PSG in France. I at all times stated Paris is my residence, I hope we proceed to play soccer and win trophies collectively. Thanks for all the things. I hope that I’ll proceed to do what I favor to with you all… and win titles collectively! Thanks so much.”
That’s the end of that then. After, let’s face it, years of flirting with Real Madrid, the Frenchman’s dream move is seemingly no longer the dream. Liverpool fans might have given up their own dreams of the Reds luring Mbappe to Anfield long ago, but the saga regarding his future is over. For now at least. It’s amazing what a reported £1m a week contract offer will do.
But while Mbappe’s own future is resolved, Mohamed Salah’s at Liverpool remains up in the air. Contract negotiations at Anfield are on hold until the summer, but after his agent confirmed his client has no intention of signing the offer put to him back in December, it remains to be seen what the future holds for the forward.
Any Reds fans hoping that the club would be able to offer a similar contract reveal to Mbappe, to add to a potential party atmosphere at Anfield with the title still a possibility, were left sadly disappointed. But, having shrugged off the groin injury suffered in the FA Cup final to take his place on the bench, the Egyptian did at least mark the final Premier League match of the season with a goal against Wolves to clinch the Golden Boot.
Sadly that and the playmaker awards were the only new trophies he had his hands on come the final whistle at Anfield after their 3-1 win over Wolves, with City clinching the Premier League title. And they were to be no words to the crowd as he picked up the awards, with only other ceremony taking place beyond individual success being a guard of honour for the departing Divock Origi.
Whether he follows the Belgian out of the door remains to be seen. But the 29-year-old will be looking to dish out revenge against Real Madrid in less than week and win the Champions League, the trophy Mbappe, PSG and Man City continue to all crave most, for the second time in four years.
With the Ligue 1 title already in the bag, Mbappe celebrated his new contract with a hat-trick. He will inevitably be a French champion again for a fifth time in 12 months time, and you wouldn’t bet against him taking that total to seven by the end of his latest contract in 2025.
Liverpool weren’t afforded such liberties, with them remaining the underdogs within the Premier League title-race to Man Metropolis on the final day. And so they know with their North West foes round, the prospect for a transparent run at glory will almost at all times be missing. However that’s how they prefer it.
And Salah had already spoken that with the Reds difficult for the quadruple, now a ‘measly’ treble, he couldn’t be egocentric with staff success this yr much more essential than whether or not his keep at Anfield is prolonged past the summer time of 2023.
But every week earlier than his journey to Paris on Could 28 and occasions within the French capital might have a knock-on impact for his future. If Mbappe is banking £1m every week, what does that imply for Salah’s calls for?
And if Actual Madrid now have to change attentions to different targets after lacking out on a ahead that they had spent a season satisfied he’d be becoming a member of them on the Bernabeu, Salah might simply enter their ideas. Particularly if he helps down the La Liga giants on this yr’s Champions League closing.
However the Egyptian can’t let his future enter his ideas as he seems to choose Liverpool up from their title disappointment and finish the season in model. By ending his goalscoring drought in opposition to Wolves, having scored simply 3 times in his earlier 18 video games earlier than the ultimate day of the season, he made certain the Golden Boot didn’t slip by means of his fingers, even when he ended up sharing it with Son Heung-min.
His celebration when firing the Reds forward late on at Anfield might need been in useless, however his starvation for fulfillment continues. Now freed from damage and again within the objectives, he’ll be seeking to kickstart his 2022 as soon as and for all in Paris.
It was Salah who opened the scoring within the Champions League closing in opposition to Tottenham in 2019, simply weeks after the Reds missed out on the title by a degree to Man Metropolis. Now he’ll hope historical past can repeat itself.
Paris and Actual Madrid might finally find yourself enjoying an enormous position within the Egyptian King’s Liverpool future within the months forward, however any such discuss stays on maintain. As an alternative, they stand in the best way of the Reds’ seventh European Cup.
And whereas the Mbappe saga is over, there stays another, quite giant, hurdle for Liverpool to beat, earlier than Salah can resolve on his future as soon as and for all. As such, Anfield was not the stage for any final result on Sunday.
But when it finally ends up being a, “How can I leave after this?” second along with his arms on the Champions League trophy in Paris come subsequent Saturday, Reds followers and Salah will, off the again of Premier League title disappointment, have a belated double cause to have a good time in spite of everything.