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Mbappe celebrates new PSG mega-deal with hat-trick as Real Madrid protest

KYLIAN Mbappe confirmed he was in buoyant mood last night by scoring three goals in Paris Saint-Germain’s 5-0 win against Metz.

The France forward had confirmed just before kick-off of the season’s final Ligue 1 fixture that he had decided to stay another three years at the French champions, instead of leaving for Real Madrid on a free transfer.

There had been intense speculation about Mbappe’s intentions in recent weeks, with most reports claiming that the 23-year-old forward had agreed to join Real Madrid.

But it emerged yesterday that he had been persuaded by the PSG hierarchy to stay another three years, with mouthwatering offers dangled before him.

He was then ‘unveiled’ at the Parc des Princes before kick-off against Metz, holding a PSG shirt with ‘Mbappe 2025’ on the back.

Mbappe celebrated the end of the transfer saga by scoring twice within the first 28 minutes of the encounter, and completed his hat-trick five minutes into the second half.

Neymar and Angel di Maria, who is leaving PSG, scored the other goals.

“I would like to announce that I have chosen to extend my contract at Paris Saint-Germain, and of course I am delighted,” Mbappe told the cheering home crowd.

“I am convinced that here I can continue to grow at a club that provides everything necessary to perform at the highest level. I am also delighted to continue to play in France, the country where I was born, where I have grown up and where I have made my name.”

The mega deal reportedly makes Mbappe the highest-paid player in world football on wages of around £1 million a week.

He also received a signing-on fee of around £100m from PSG and the club have made concessions over image rights, with Mbappe set to receive bonus payments for goals, Ballon d’Or honours and UEFA Champions League success, according to reports.

The decision obviously did not go down well with Real Madrid, who thought they had the deal in the bag and made eye-watering offers.

The Spanish giants, who had a €230m offer for Mbappe rejected by PSG on deadline day last summer, were prepared to give him a signing-on fee of £110m and wages of £20m-a-year after tax this year. Their total investment would have been about £300m, according to Sky Sports.

Apparently acting on behalf of their biggest club, La Liga voiced their opposition to Mbappe’s decision and threatened to lodge a formal complaint with UEFA and other regulating bodies.

“This type of agreement attacks the economic sustainability of European football, putting at risk hundreds of thousands of jobs and sporting integrity at risk – not only in European competitions, but also in domestic leagues,” La Liga said in an official statement last night.

“It is scandalous a club like PSG, which last season reported losses of more than €220m, after accumulating losses of more than €700m in prior seasons (while reporting sponsorship income at a doubtful valuation) with a cost of sports staff around €650m for this 2021-22 season, can face an agreement of these characteristics while those clubs that could accept the arrival of the player without seeing their wage bill compromised, are left without being able to sign him.

“For all of the above, La Liga is going to file a complaint against PSG before UEFA, administrative and tax authorities in France and before the competent bodies of the European Union, to continue defending the economic ecosystem of European football and its sustainability.”

The statement concluded the behaviour of PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and his club “endangers European football on the same level as the European Super League”.

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