Champions League Scored a hat-trick against Barcelona
Kylian Mbappe is, more than ever, in charge of his own future. While Paris Saint Germain have been trying to convince the Frenchman to sign a new deal, Real Madrid know that signing him themselves will not be easy. Liverpool are also rumoured to be interested.
Mbappe, however, has the upper hand. If before Tuesday night’s heroic performance in the Champions League he was in no hurry to renew, he is even less so now. Mbappe, who is seven years younger than Neymar, has been blamed for having settled in his shadow at times.
The Brazilian forward did not feature in the two knockout round defeats against Real Madrid and Manchester United, and although he played in the final against Bayern Munich, he was still carrying an injury. Mbappe did not step up in those moments, but his scintillating performance on Tuesday night more than makes up for that.
It may also force PSG to rethink many things. Neymar is and remains the top priority in terms of a contract renewal, but in an ideal world the French giants would join Lionel Messi to the attack and have all three playing alongside each other. Now, they will do everything they can to try and convince Mbappe to re-sign.
And what about Real Madrid? They still seem undecided between Erling Haaland and Mbappe. It would, of course, be good for The whites if PSG can convince Messi to join them, as it would help pave the way for Mbappe. However, Jorge Valdano, who was once the general manager at the club said at the end of the game on Movistar: “Mbappe has never been so far from Madrid as he is right now.”
With performances like Tuesday’s one at the Camp Nou, Leonardo knows that if he fails to retain the world champion, then his position as sporting director will be seriously under threat.