The white smoke in the Kylian Mbappé file.
Rather, red and blue smoke.
While he seemed promised at Real Madrid, the club of his dreams, the one he wanted to join just last year before coming up against the categorical refusal of the Parisian management, the 23-year-old world champion finally said yes to Paris Saint-Germain.
It's not official yet, but it's just like: RMC, L'Equipe, Le Parisien, all of the international and even Spanish press affirm it in unison.
He was coming to the end of his engagement.
He's going to sign another one.
Initially for three years.
The truth of yesterday is not that of today, it will not be that of tomorrow
", declared the person concerned last year,
” with the idea that a turnaround favorable to PSG was possible but not closing the door to anyone.
He will never leave free
”, for his part hammered Nasser Al-Khelaïfi in June 2021, which
number 7 “a little”.
I was in front of my TV, I swallowed wrong.
I thought, "What's going to happen?"
“, had fun Mbappé.
In the end, it was "NAK" who was right: Bondy's star was tempted.
The "Qatar-SG" made him an offer that we cannot refuse and these famous "
must have weighed heavily, even if he had in fact reached an agreement with Casa Blanca too, as his mother, Fayza Lamari, indicated on Friday.
“KM”, which put two of the biggest clubs in Europe at its feet in this story, was spoiled for choice.
Real Madrid is left with nothing but… embarrassment, period.
And to think that Madrid fans were singing the name of the French world champion in February and March, during the double-confrontation which had smiled on the players of Carlo Ancelotti (1-0, 1-3) in the Champions League and which had “killed” Paris, according to Marco Verratti… Champions League that Real will try to win for the 14th time next Saturday, moreover, in Saint-Denis, against Liverppol.
In any case, football goes fast, very fast.
Especially with the Mbappé rocket.
And it is therefore the Parisian supporters who will continue to sing the name of the Bondynois.
Which Bondynois has taken another step forward this season.
And this even if he was "
a little disappointed
" after the soap opera last summer.
We never felt it on the field.
Mbappé involved, diligent, brilliant, pulling up a Paris Saint-Germain which never really found its cruising speed in 2021-22, like a “MNM” which was often summed up in M by Mbappe.
Reliable, increasingly leading on the meadow, adding new strings to his bow.
I completely changed my way of seeing the game. I did not have this conviction that it was possible to be a passer.
I have sometimes been stubborn in this idea of scoring goals, in my role as the regular goalscorer for my teams.
However, I think that when you are a great player, when you aspire to be a player who will go down in history, you should not choose.
Doing both was right up my alley
,” he sums up.
In the end, PSG, deprived of the Coupe de France and the Champions Trophy, still provided the essentials by winning their tenth league title.
For the C1, we will obviously have to wait a little longer... "
It was a bit of a difficult season but we did the job in the league
", underlines the ex-Monegasque, admitting to having "
felt this respect, this recognition and this admiration
" on all terrains "
more than ever
" during this campaign.
A status to assume
It is up to him to assume this new status conferred on him by this extension which comes at the end of an endless soap opera which has kept the football world in suspense for weeks.
And the pressure that goes with it.
Even if on this side, we are not too worried about Kylian Mbappé, who did not bat an eyelid when, at 18, PSG paid 180 M€ to snatch him from Monaco.
Although, the Rock club had so far received "only" 145 M€, the remaining 35 being only released in the event of transfer or extension of his former foal.
It is now done.
Beyond the big money, and we are talking here about very big money in terms of salary or signing bonus, we will now be able to talk about football again in Paris.
The challenges awaiting Mbappé and “his” PSG are substantial,
construction sites on all floors of the club too.
One thing is certain: this signing represents the most beautiful trophy of a season, a little less dull for the capital club.
It remains to lift others, in particular the one in the shape of a Cup with large ears.