The 2021-2022 Ligue 1 season came to a close on the 21st, with Paris Saint-Germain, who have already won the league early, beating Metz 5-0 at home, with Mbappe scoring a "hat-trick" to win both the Golden Boot and the assists for the season. However, to the excitement of Paris fans, the 23-year-old French international finally turned down an offer from La Liga giants Real Madrid to extend his contract with his old club after a season of tug-of-war.
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Later that afternoon, several media outlets broke the news that Mbappe had decided to stay in Paris. And before the start of the game, when "big Paris" president Nasser took a shirt with the words "Mbappe 2025" on it onto the pitch, it was also officially announced that the transfer "soap opera" that has been staged since last summer "It was the end of a soap opera that has been going on since last summer.
"I'm happy to stay in France, in Paris, the place where I was born." I hope I can continue in the future, with all of you, to win games and titles," Mbappe said to the 50,000 fans in attendance before the game began.
Mbappe, whose contract expires at the end of the season, was very close to joining Real Madrid. In fact, in the summer of 2021, Real Madrid had already made an offer to Paris Saint-Germain for Mbappe, who was also interested in leaving, but Paris Saint-Germain, who had just signed Lionel Messi, was working on a "trident" of Mbappe, Messi and Neymar, and even though they were at risk of being left with no money after one year, Paris was still strong. "Even at the risk of losing their money after one year, Paris has strongly rejected Real Madrid's offer.
At the time, it was expected that Mbappe would move to the La Liga giants as a free agent at the end of the season and receive a huge signing bonus. But Paris Saint-Germain never gave up, and with the backing of a Qatari consortium, the Ligue 1 giants did everything they could to try and retain one of the hottest players in football today.
In the end, the transfer drama came to a head on the 21st. After lengthy negotiations and consideration, Mbappe chose to extend his contract with Paris Saint-Germain for three years. According to the French media, Mbappe will receive a renewal bonus of over 100 million euros (about $105 million) for staying in Paris, and his new contract will pay him 50 million euros (about $52.93 million) per year.
How has Mbappe performed this season?
Mbappe's performances have continued to be strong this season.
He is the top scorer in Ligue 1 with 25 goals for the season and is also the league leader in assists, contributing 17 assists.
In total, Mbappe has scored 36 goals in 45 appearances across all competitions.
Despite Mbappe's impressive individual performances, PSG's haul of honours was a little less impressive. The team only won the Ligue 1 title, were eliminated from the Champions League by Real Madrid, and failed to win the French Cup.