Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has refuted claims that money was the main factor behind Kylian Mbappe’s decision to stay at the club.
Mbappe had been pursued by Real Madrid for many months and was offered a lucrative package to join the Spanish champions on a free transfer this summer.
But despite tentative agreements with Real and PSG, Mbappe decided last week to put pen to paper in Paris rather than Madrid.
Mbappe called Real president Florentino Perez to let him know his decision before PSG announced it on Saturday.
It’s a move that disappointed La Liga president Javier Tebas as much as anyone directly involved with Real.
Tebas demanded to know how PSG were able to fund Mbappe’s new contract – which he called an “insult to football” – in the era of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.
He also said: “Al-Khelafi is as dangerous as the Super League.”
Mbappe’s contract reportedly included a €150m signing fee but Al-Khelafi hinted that the money offered to Madrid was potentially even higher.
“Money is not the most important thing for Kylian Mbappe,” Al-Khelafi told a press conference on Monday, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
“There is another club in Spain that can pay much more than us. The sporting project was the most important point for Mbappe.”
Responding to Tebas’ criticism, Al-Khelafi suggested the La Liga boss was simply doomed to make France’s Ligue 1 a better product than Spain’s premier league.
Al-Khelafi said: “Maybe Tebas is worried that Ligue 1 will become stronger than La Liga…
“La Liga is not the same as it was three or four years ago.
“We have Mbappe, he stays with us and the rest, honestly, I don’t care.”