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“He Thinks He Is LeBron James”- Latest Contract Drama Between PSG and Kylian Mbappe Prompts Harsh Criticism From Popular Journalist

Published 05/28/2023, 4:28 AM EDT

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The Parisian giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) have been in the spotlight recently for all the wrong reasons. The defending league champions for the past few weeks have been in controversies for their relationship with their star player Lionel Messi. Now in a sudden shift, the drama has moved to their French sensation Kylian Mbappe.

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Mbappe, who has now become an integral part of the team, has a contract that is set to expire in 2024. However, recently it emerged that the 24-year-old has not taken any steps to extend his contract. As it stands, if Mbappe doesn’t extend his contract, he will be able to leave the team as a free agent next season. This has created a section of harsh criticism from popular journalists for the youngster.

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According to Marca, Daniel Riolo, a renowned French journalist, blasted Mbappe over his lack of interest to extend his contract. Riolo, in his statement, made it clear that Mbappe is not irreplaceable. He said, “I love Kylian Mbappe, but if he leaves, there are other players, there are many teams winning the Champions League without Kylian Mbappe. Many teams are doing well without him. Many players can replace him”.

Riolo perceived this as a mere obsession that can cause PSG to lose the young Frenchman for free. The journalist also talks about how the young talent has gained too much power from his current contract. Along with that, he also compared Mbappe to NBA superstar LeBron James.


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He said, “I’m not going to blame Mbappe for the things that the managers have done. Today he is the king, he thinks he is LeBron James, he let himself go”. Ultimately, it remains to be seen how this contract drama between Mbappe and PSG turns out. Meanwhile, both parties are keeping mum on the issue and one can only speculate about the future of the famous French star.

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In the end, it will be up to Mbappe himself to make an informed decision regarding his future at PSG. However, Mbappe is not the only one who could potentially leave PSG. It looks like the Parisians could very much lose their front three of Mbappe, Neymar, and Messi.


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PSG could face some big departures

Speculation is rife that Lionel Messi and Neymar may soon leave Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). With the Argentine’s contract set to expire this season and no renewal in sight, there stands a possibility of Messi leaving for his former club FC Barcelona or for a record-breaking deal with Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal.

Similarly, Neymar has been open to the idea of an exit from PSG, with Manchester United touted as one possible destination. For now, however, all we have are rumors – and the actual outcome remains to be seen. If all three do end up leaving, it could mean a huge loss for the French side.


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Paris fans can only hope for the best and that their star players continue to reign at the club. What are your thoughts on Mbappe not renewing his contract? Let us know in the comments.

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Written by:

Saransh Chauhan


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Saransh Chauhan is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. With a particular admiration for Lionel Messi, Saransh is committed to exploring every facet of the world's most popular sport in his work. At EssentiallySports, Saransh is known for his versatility as a writer, covering a wide range of topics with an open-minded curiosity that allows him to excel in all areas of the industry.
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