France star footballer, Kylian Mbappe has reportedly rejected the latest contract offered to him by French club Paris Saint-Germain, as both parties are yet to shift grounds on a controversial clause.
Mbappe has a year remaining on his deal at Parc des Princes, and could leave at the end of next season as a free agent.
PSG have insisted that their most prized asset will not be allowed to leave in 2021, and have offered him a new deal wary he could leave on a free next summer.
However, according to a report by Marca, the 22-year-old Mbappe and PSG officials are far apart in their contractual negotiations.
Mbappe reportedly prefers to sign a new contract with the guarantee of being able to make the switch elsewhere if another club makes a suitable offer.
However, PSG don’t want such a clause in the new contracts as it would go against rules outlined by the French Professional Football League.
According to legendary footballer, if Mbappe wants to win the biggest prizes, he has to go to a different league.
“If you want the biggest accolades, you will have to move from PSG at some point,” he told The Athletic.
“Whatever you will do in Paris will be good, but somebody will always say ‘Well, you did great for PSG, but it was only in France and the best leagues are in England and Spain, so you didn’t compete with the best players in the best league’.
“You will have to decide. If you want to win the Ballon d’Or, which is what you should be looking at to echo Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, you will have to compete with the best.
“You can’t say you compete with the best all the time when you are at PSG. The French league is not easy, don’t get me wrong, but I think the toughest league is in England.
“So, if you want to be one of the best, then do what you do in Paris but with Chelsea or Manchester United or Arsenal or Manchester City or Liverpool. Or go to Spain to Madrid or Barcelona. Or maybe Italy.
“Then we can speak about a more global impact.”
Cristiano Ronaldo breaks men’s all-time international scoring record
Cristiano Ronaldo is now the highest goal scorer in men’s international football after breaking a 15-year record set by Ali Daei.
He scored the record-breaking goals in Portugal 2 – 1 win in their World Cup qualifying match on Wednesday.
The newly minted Manchester United man’s record mark arrived in the 89th minute of Portugal’s World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland. Goncalo Guedes swung in a cross from the right wing, with Ronaldo rising to meet the service and head home the record-breaking equaliser.
He added his 111th international goal in the sixth minute of stoppage time, leading his side to a 2-1 comeback win.
The Portuguese icon took his shirt off in wild celebration on one of the most memorable nights of a career littered with them.
Ronaldo, who took home the golden boot from the Euros with six goals is now 34 strikes ahead of the next-highest active men’s player (behind Daei) Ali Mabkhout, who has 76 goals in 92 for the UAE.
Man Utd website crashes after Ronaldo’s signing
The official website of Manchester United crashed moments after the news of Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to the English side was announced.
The club’s website www.manutd.com could not handle the massive traffic Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to the club generated as fans flocked to the site to see the news of Ronaldo’s long-awaited move back to Old Trafford twelve years after he left the club to join Real Madrid.
Several minutes after the post confirming Ronaldo’s transfer went live, United’s website crashed, blocking everyone out.
Such was the worldwide excitement surrounding Ronaldo’s return to the club. See screenshot below;
Manchester United had released the below statement to announce his arrival;
Manchester United is delighted to confirm that the club has reached agreement with Juventus for the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo, subject to agreement of personal terms, visa and medical.
Cristiano, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, has so far won over 30 major trophies during his career, including five UEFA Champions League titles, four FIFA Club World Cups, seven league titles in England, Spain and Italy, and the European Championship for his native Portugal.
In his first spell for Manchester United, he scored 118 goals in 292 games.
Everyone at the club looks forward to welcoming Cristiano back to Manchester.
PSG favourites to land Lionel Messi
Barcelona announced the six-time Ballon d’Or winner will not be staying at the club ‘because of financial and structural obstacles’.
The 34-year-old has been a free agent since July 1 when his contract expired at the Nou Camp. The club wrote in a statement;
Leo Messi not staying at FC Barcelona
Despite club and player reaching an agreement and their clear intention to sign a new contract today, this cannot happen because of financial and structural obstacles
Despite FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi having reached an agreement and the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, this cannot happen because of financial and structural obstacles (Spanish Liga regulations).
As a result of this situation, Messi shall not be staying on at FC Barcelona. Both parties deeply regret that the wishes of the player and the club will ultimately not be fulfilled.
FC Barcelona wholeheartedly expresses its gratitude to the player for his contribution to the aggrandisement of the club and wishes him all the very best for the future in his personal and professional life.
According to Betfair, PSG is the odds-on favourites to sign him at 10/11, with Manchester City second-favorites at 21/10.
City boss Pep Guardiola has made no secret of his desire to be reunited with his former Barcelona team-mate but with the £100m rival of Jack Grealish from Aston Villa and their interest in £150m Harry Kane, could see Messi join PSG instead.
Betfair spokesperson Sam Rosbottom said: ‘The big transfer news just keeps on coming and all eyes are back on the future of Lionel Messi following the confirmation that he won’t be signing a new deal with Barcelona.
‘Reports last summer suggested that Manchester City were very close to signing him, and they are currently second-favourites at 21/10 to secure the services of the six-time Ballon d’Or winner.
‘However, it is French side PSG who are the odds-on favourites to sign him at 10/11, while Manchester United are outsiders at 18/1.’
Barca insists both they and Messi were willing to extend his stay, but claim La Liga regulations have made that impossible.
A statement on the Catalan giants’ official website said: ‘Despite FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi has reached an agreement and the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, this cannot happen because of financial and structural obstacles (Spanish Liga regulations).
‘As a result of this situation, Messi shall not be staying on at FC Barcelona.’
Messi made 778 appearances for Barcelona, scoring 672 goals which have helped to secure 10 league titles, four Champions Leagues and three Club World Cups among his haul of 35 trophies.