Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappé has once again reiterated that he will not sign a new deal with the French champions.
The 24-year-old has been at the centre of a lengthy transfer controversy for a few years now after turning down interest from Real Madrid to extend his stay at PSG the previous year.
Mbappé’s future, however, was once more in the spotlight this summer after it was discovered that he had written to PSG to inform them that he would not be exercising the 12-month option in his contract.
His contract extension in 2022 was a two-year deal with a potential third year, so under the current circumstances, the France international will be free to go for nothing at the end of the season.
Despite a world-record offer from the Saudi Pro League winners Al-Hilal, with whom Mbappé ignored, PSG’s attempts to part with the striker during the summer transfer window were unsuccessful.
Mbappe was first barred from the first-team squad and forced to train with a group that was out of favour, but after positive interactions with the hierarchy, he was welcomed back into the system.
There have even been rumours of a prospective PSG contract extension with a release clause, which would enable the former Monaco player to make a trouble-free transfer to Real Madrid in 2024.
However, Mbappé is reportedly sticking to his position of not signing a new contract with the Ligue 1 champions, even though he has affirmed on multiple occasions that he wants to see out the season at the Parc des Princes.
According to the report, a renewal with the aforementioned condition is untrue, albeit he has decided to forego a loyalty bonus he is due, valued at almost €80 million (£68.7 million).
Mbappe’s decision would allegedly save PSG close to €100m (£85.8m), but the 24-year-old is still expected to leave for free next year unless Les Parisiens can reach a deal in January.