Real Madrid star Karim Benzema has opened up about Kylian Mbappe’s decision to stay at Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). According to him, it is a choice that must be respected. He also emphasized that his partner’s decision would not affect their relationship.
“He (Mbappe) has chosen PSG, we have to respect him. It was his choice, he had many responsibilities. We will (still) enjoy playing time together in the national team,” said the 34-year-old.
“Everyone has to make their own decisions. Real Madrid is Real Madrid, I’m not disappointed. We are good friends, (the decision) will not affect our relationship,” continued Benzema, quoted by the Mirror.
As is known, Mbappe was previously widely linked with a move to Real Madrid. He is predicted to join the La Liga giants as a free agent, after spending his contract period at the Parc des Princes.
Reports suggest Mbappe has made a verbal agreement to leave for Real Madrid at the start of the season. The France international has also hinted that he is open to a potential transfer from Paris Saint-Germain.
However, Mbappe surprisingly signed a contract extension with Les Parisiens. He also reportedly sent a WhatsApp message containing a rejection to Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.
“I tell you that I have decided to stay at PSG. I want to thank you for the opportunity you gave me to play at Madrid, a club I have loved since childhood,” Mbappe wrote in his message.
Mbappe’s decision to continue grazing with PSG made La LIga go into turmoil. The Spanish League authorities even had time to submit an official complaint to UEFA. They assess the way Les Parisiens maintain Mbappe has the potential to endanger the balance of European football.
“In response to Kylian Mbappe’s announcement (who chose) to stay at Paris Saint-Germain, La Liga would like to state that this type of agreement threatens the sustainability of the European football economy, (as well as) puts hundreds of thousands of workers and the integrity of the sport at risk in the medium term – not just from competition. Europe, but also our domestic league.”
“It’s a shame that a club like PSG, which lost 220 million euros last season – with an accumulated loss of 700 million euros in recent seasons – could make such a deal. Meanwhile, clubs that can sign players without worrying about salary are not able to do it,” La Liga said last week.
The news said that Mbappe was indeed given a “crazy” and tempting offer by Paris Saint-Germain. The club led by Nasser Al-Khelaifi was willing to break the bank to prevent the departure of the star player.
Reporting from Liputan6.com, PSG will provide a salary of 4 million pounds, equivalent to approximately Rp. 73 billion per month for Kylian Mbappe. The France international could also earn a £100 million bonus at the Parc des Princes.
It doesn’t stop there, Mbappe will be given the power to influence club policies off the field. El Chiringuito’s Edu Aguirre report claims the player can have a say in the change of manager and the direction of transfer policy at the club.
Apart from that, Florentino Perez admitted that the Kylian Mbappe problem had been forgotten by Real Madrid. Because Los Blancos have just won the Champions League title after beating Liverpool in the final match which took place on Sunday (29/5/2022) early morning WIB.
“Real Madrid will always work to bring in the best players, but at this point (the transfer issue) Mbappe has been forgotten. I am calm and happy. We worked hard throughout the season to get to the situation we are in now,” Perez said as quoted by Marca.
“This year we had a good season. We played against the best teams and we were able to overcome them one by one. This is the Champions League trophy we deserve. This is the result of the hard work of players, coaches and fans,” continued the Los Blancos president.
In line with this statement, Real Madrid tactician Carlo Ancelotti also considered his team to have had a perfect season. Not only winning the La Liga throne, Karim Benzema and his friends have succeeded in proving their dominance in the European football scene.
“Nothing has happened, Real Madrid have had a perfect season. Kylian Mbappe has become a forgotten issue,” said Ancelotti after his club’s Champions League victory.