UEFA boss meddles in Kylian Mbappé’s PSG saga by claiming Real Madrid contract

Kylian Mbappe’s contract extension was backed by UEFA chief executive Aleksander Ceferin, who claimed Real Madrid made a similar offer before La Liga complained

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has reacted to Kylian Mbappe's recent story
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has reacted to Kylian Mbappe’s recent story

UEFA chief executive Aleksander Ceferin has backed Kylian Mbappe’s new deal at Paris Saint Germain after initial complaints from Real Madrid, which were snubbed by the Frenchman.

It looked like Mbappe would join Los Blancos but a late reversal saw him sign a new blockbuster deal at the Parc des Princes. Madrid were furious and La Liga filed an official complaint with UEFA, saying the ‘scandalous’ agreement was threatening the economic stability of European football.

But Ceferin has hit back and directly dropped Madrid when he claimed their deal offer was similar to PSG’s. And he also said UEFA would not be told “what to do” when he called the Spanish side.

In an interview with BBC Sport, Ceferin confirmed that UEFA operates under strict financial fair play rules and said that PSG did nothing wrong in signing Mbappe. And the UEFA boss warned Madrid as he claimed they would not be bossed around by Los Blancos.

Ceferin said: “Whoever respects our rules is welcome to play in our competitions; whoever doesn’t play by the rules won’t do it. Don’t look, Real Madrid or anyone else will tell Uefa what to do. “

“They are outraged from one point of view and from what I understand their offer was similar [PSG’s] Offer.” Mbappe’s new deal has now been outlined by Marca, who highlight that the Frenchman is currently the highest-paid footballer.

Kylian Mbappe is now the highest paid footballer


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They claim Mbappe now earns £42.5m (€50m) a year on top of his £153m (€180m) bonus for staying at Parc des Princes. The 23-year-old now also has 100 percent control over his image rights.

But Ceferin’s comments have embarrassed Madrid if it’s true their contract offer was very similar when La Liga criticized PSG for endangering the ‘economic ecosystem of European football’. In a brutal statement from La Liga to UEFA, they wrote: “La Liga would like to explain that this type of deal threatens the economic stability of European football, putting hundreds of thousands of jobs and the integrity of the sport at risk.

“It is scandalous that a club like PSG, which posted losses of more than €220m last season after amassing losses of more than €700m in previous seasons (while reporting dubious-rated sponsorship earnings), with such an agreement cost a squad around 650 million for this season.”

Mbappe’s new PSG deal will keep him in France until 2025


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And they even targeted PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi, adding: “This type of behavior, spearheaded by Al-Khelaifi, President of PSG and a member of UEFA’s Executive Committee and President of ECA, puts European football at risk the same level as the European Super League.”

But Ceferin supported Al-Khelaifi when he said: “I’ve said this many times before and I’ll say it again, give me an argument why they shouldn’t be the owners of a club. When you say clubs belong to the fans, don’t you think the other English clubs have owners – they have owners from the United States, some from the Middle East, they have owners from England.

“So it’s the exact same situation and I’m really fed up with these accusations for no specific reason. I want to know who broke the rules and if you break the rules you will be punished.”

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