MADRID, Spain, May 22 – Paris Saint-Germain’s deal with Kylian Mbappe is “an insult to football”, La Liga president Javier Tebas said on Saturday after the player rejected an offer from Real Madrid.
“What PSG are doing by renewing Mbappe with large sums of money… after recording losses of 700 million euros in recent seasons and a wage bill of more than 600 million euros, is an INSULT to football,” Tebas tweeted.
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi “is as dangerous as the Super League”, he added in reference to a new competition with 12 of Europe‘s biggest clubs on offer last April.
The project collapsed within days following a backlash from their own players and fans, as well as governments and football governing bodies.
Tebas fiercely opposed the creation of the separatist league.
On Saturday, 23-year-old World Cup winner Mbappe agreed to stay with the French champions for another three years.
“I’m very happy to stay in France, in Paris, in my city,” Mbappe told supporters on the Parc des Princes pitch before PSG took on Metz in their final Ligue 1 game of the season.
However, the mood in Spain was far from happy.
La Liga have said they are filing a complaint against PSG with European governing body UEFA as well as the European Union.
“La Liga wants to demonstrate that this type of agreement undermines the economic sustainability of European football, putting hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk in the medium term, and the sporting integrity, not only of European competitions, but also of our domestic leagues,” La Liga said in a statement.
Real Madrid fans were also puzzled after the high-profile decision collapsed.
“Now I don’t want him to come to Real Madrid anymore. It’s not worth it anymore,” 42-year-old Real Madrid fan David Pulido told AFP.
“Mbappe has played on both fronts. First he wanted to come to Madrid, and now for the money he stays at PSG. I have no interest in Mbappe anymore, I’m sorry. He’s a great player. I used to love him sometimes, but not anymore. I don’t want him at Real Madrid.
Spanish journalist Julio Maldonado added: “It’s all about the money. Mbappe has used both Real Madrid and PSG to try and secure a better contract. It’s that simple.”
Real Madrid supporters’ association president Luis Caceres told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope that “Real Madrid have won 13 Champions Leagues without Mbappe. We won’t miss him.