Kylian Mbappe Returns to Paris St-Germain’s First Team as Contract Dispute Resolved

Paris St Germain’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring a goal before it is disallowed following a referral to VAR on May 21, 2023. — Reuters

Paris St-Germain confirmed on Sunday that Kylian Mbappe, the talented French footballer, has rejoined the first-team training after being excluded from the team’s season opener against Lorient. This comes as a result of the 24-year-old resolving his contract dispute with the club which had sparked rumours of his potential move to Real Madrid.

Mbappe had not been training with the first-team squad due to the disagreement, but the club stated that “very constructive and positive” discussions led to his reinstatement. During the game against Lorient, Mbappe watched from the stands.

The forward’s contract with PSG is set to expire in a year, and he has been reluctant to sign a new deal. Last month, PSG allowed Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal to negotiate with Mbappe after receiving a record-breaking £259m bid.

Now that Mbappe has returned to the first team, it is likely that a compromise will be reached, with Mbappe signing a one-year extension to his contract, which would allow PSG to sell him to Real Madrid next summer. PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi has emphasized that the club will not let Mbappe leave for free.

With Mbappe’s reintegration, PSG hopes to improve their offensive performance, as their weaknesses were evident in the match against Lorient.

Mbappe is now available for the upcoming match against Toulouse on August 19, although he has only played in a friendly against Le Havre in the last two months.

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