Kylian Mbappe must sign a new contract if he wants to stay at Paris St-Germain, club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says.

 Al-Khelaifi was speaking at a news conference to introduce Luis Enrique as PSG’s new manager following the sacking of Christophe Galtier.

France striker Mbappe, 24, has told PSG that he will not extend his contract with them beyond 2024.

“Our position is very clear,” said Al-Khelaifi.

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“If Kylian Mbappe wants to stay – we want him to stay – he needs to sign a new contract.

“We cannot let the best player in the world right now leave for free. That is impossible.”

Mbappe has the option of a further year when his deal expires after next season but has said that while he plans to stay with the French champions for the 2023-24 campaign, he does not intend to activate the contract extension.

 If that is the case, he would be able to leave for free next summer.

“This is a French club and, as he has said, he is not planning to leave for free,” added Al-Khelaifi.

“If somebody has changed his mind, it is not our fault.”

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Mbappe, who initially joined PSG on loan from Monaco before making a 180 million euro (£165.7 million) transfer, has 212 goals in 260 games for the team.

In his six seasons at PSG, he has won five league titles and ended as Ligue 1’s top scorer each of the previous five seasons.

At the beginning of the news conference, Al-Khelaifi spoke to introduce Luis Enrique before addressing Mbappe after the Spaniard had addressed the media.

Luis Enrique, a former manager of Spain and Barcelona, has joined PSG on a two-year deal to replace Galtier, who was fired despite leading the team to the Ligue 1 championship in his first season in command.

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It is his first position since quitting as Spain manager in December following his team’s World Cup quarterfinal loss to Morocco on penalties.

His most recent position in club management was with Barcelona, where he won nine titles over three seasons from 2014 to 2017, including the Copa del Rey, La Liga, and Champions League Triple Crown in his inaugural season.

After succeeding Fernando Hierro as Spain’s manager in 2018, he went on to guide his nation to the Nations League final and the European Championship semifinals in 2021.

The former midfielder for Real Madrid and Barcelona takes over a PSG team that is in transition.

After Argentina captain Lionel Messi left for Inter Miami, there is concern over Mbappe’s future as well as the future of Brazil forward Neymar.

Instead of continuing their strategy of bringing in high-profile players, which has so far failed to bring them the Champions League success they desire, the club’s Qatari owners are determined to try to develop a squad.

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Following Galtier’s summer 2017 replacement of Mauricio Pochettino, early results had been encouraging.

PSG had a fantastic start to the 2017–18 campaign, going 22 games without a loss, but after the World Cup, PSG lost nine times in all competitions.

In February, a 2-1 loss to Marseille in the French Cup’s round of 16 was followed by a loss to Bayern Munich in the same round of the Champions League.

Additionally, PSG’s league performance declined as they stumbled to the Ligue 1 championship, finishing just one point ahead of Lens.

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Galtier also came under increasing pressure off the field after he was accused in April of making racist remarks while in charge of the previous club Nice. He has rejected the accusations, and as a consequence of an inquiry, he will stand trial in December.

PSG said: “The entire Paris St-Germain team would like to thank Christophe Galtier, as well as his assistants Thierry Oleksiak and Joao Sacramento, for their professionalism and commitment throughout the season.”


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