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PSG Withhold £70m Payment To Mbappe Amid Real Madrid Move

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PSG have reportedly halted payments amounting to £70 million to French superstar Kylian Mbappe following his free transfer to Real Madrid. Click to find out more!

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PSG have reportedly halted payments amounting to £70m to Kylian Mbappe following his free transfer to Real Madrid. The French superstar officially joined the 2024 Champions League winner on a five-year deal on Monday, June 3rd, which has been his dream club since he was a teenager.

L'Equipe reports that, due to the loss of their star player for nothing, PSG's bosses have decided to withhold the 25-year-old’s payments to avoid embarrassment. The club refused to pay Mbappe his salary for April and May, as well as his bonus for February, amounting to £70 million. 

Meanwhile, Daily Mail reported that Mbappe, who was initially exiled from PSG's squad last summer after refusing to utilise his extension, was only allowed to return if he agreed to forgo bonuses that he was owed. According to the report, PSG originally insisted that rejoining PSG's first team would only be possible if Mbappe signed a new deal, which the French forward refused to do.

As a result, he was excluded from the club's pre-season tour of Japan and South Korea and had to train with a group of players PSG were looking to offload. After his exit from PSG, Mbappe reflected on the time he spent training with the reserves due to his contract situation, stating that he was made to understand he would not be playing for the club. 

Mbappe told reporters: ''They made me understand that I wouldn't play for PSG, at the club, they told me violently to my face." After missing PSG's first game of the season against Lorient, Mbappe was reintegrated into the team with the help of PSG's boss Luis Enrique, and Football Advisor Luis Campos. Mbappe added: 'Without Luis Enrique and Luis Campos, I wouldn't have set foot on the pitch. They saved me. That's the truth.'

''There's a lot of pressure, but it's just football, and there are more serious things in life. I've always had this education of not coming to cry." Recent reports from L'Equipe claimed that the dispute between Mbappe and the club was partially resolved, but Mbappe had his playing time reduced significantly after informing the PSG president of his intention to leave at the end of the season. 

Following his contract extension in 2022, Mbappe reportedly received a loyalty bonus for 2023 in February, but other payments owed to him were withheld by the club. As it stands, Mbappe may not receive payment for his services in April, May, and possibly even June, which would be the last month of his contract with the club.

A few seasons ago, Mbappe could have moved to Real Madrid in 2022 but the French star chose to extend his contract with PSG until 2024 with the hope to win a Champions League trophy for the Parisians. The contract extension came with the option of an additional year until 2025 that only the French captain could activate. However, he later declared that he would not be extending his contract further, announcing his departure on a free transfer at the end of the 2023/2024 season.

What's Next?

It is uncertain where this issue will ultimately lead, but if both parties fail to reach an agreement, it is likely to lead to legal disputes. Mbappe will need to transition his attention to his national team duty as he is currently with the France squad preparing for Euro 2024. The French star might make his debut for Real Madrid in the Super Cup final against Atalanta on August 14.

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Sofoluwe Mayowa is an experienced youth team coach, football analyst, and sports writer with over seven years of experience. His role at Betting Tips Africa focuses on: > Football analysis > Betting tips and predictions > Sportsbook analysis and testing.