Al-Khelaifi claims Madrid bettered PSGs

  • Kylian Mbappe decided to stay at Paris Saint- Germain due to the clubs project and rejected a more lucrative offer from Real Madrid, according to the Parisians president Na ser Al-Khelaifi.Al-Khelaifi also hit out at suggestions Mbappe po se sesundue influence in footballing decisions at the club in an explosive interview with Marca, as well as labellingLa Liga dead and claiming to never have heard of the leagues president Javier Tebas.Mbappe was widely expected to join Madrid upon the expiry of his contract in Paris this month, but committed his future to PSG until 2025 in a shock decision in May.That decision sparked fury in Spain, with Madrid president Florentino Perez claiming the striker must already be sorry for snubbing the European champions, and LaLiga chief Tebas accusing the French club of trying to destroy European football in a complaint to UEFA over supposed financial fair play breaches.But Al-Khelaifi says Mbappes choice was never about money, and even claims to have known the 2018 World Cup winner wanted to stay long before the end of last season.I have great respect for Real Madrid as a club, theyre a great club, but Kylian has never decided to renew for the money, thats the first thing. Madrids offer was better than ours, he said.He is our player and he had other clubs in England as well as Madrid, but he chose PSG, and we didnt talk to him or his family about money until the last moment.Kylian was above all interested in the project, in football and sport. He is Parisian, he is French, and he wanted to stay here to represent his city and his country, his club, and it is not fair what has been said about him.The PSG chief rejected huge bids for the striker before last seasonand says he did so in the knowledge he would decide to renew: I knew 18 months ago that Mbappe wanted to stay. I heard that Madrid said he wanted to play for Madrid, but it wasnt true.We are talking now about Madrids latest offer, but in the summer of 2021 they made an offer of 170million and 180million. That means that Madrids offer, plus his salary, was already better than ours, as it is now.I turned down 180 and they told me I was crazy, people I trusted, because he could leave for free, but I did it because I was sure Kylian was going to stay because I know him and his family well.I know what he wants.Kylian is very serious, profe sional, and he wants to play and win, he doesnt care about money. I understand that Madrid are disappointed, but its not fair to say that about Mbappe.LaLiga have complained about the spending of both Manchester City and PSG to UEFA, claiming a need to keep European competition clean.But Al-Khelaifi is not worried about accusations ofoverspending, as he labelled the Spanish top flight dead and said last years signing of Lionel Me si demonstrated PSGs ability to invest and stay within the rules.Who is Tebas? I dont know that person, he claimed. Our style is not to interfere in the affairs of other clubs, other leagues or federations, it is not our style. But I am not going to accept that others give us le sons.I dont care what he says, the truth is, we have been talking about this for years. We have a football project to build, and we are going to go ahead. Were not worried about everything that comes out in the media, because we cant waste our time with everything that comes out.Every year, every summer, its the same thing. He says we dont respect the fair play, we dont respect the others? We know what we can do, who we can sign, we know better than him what we can do and nobody has to tell us what to do.We dont have to be told by someone from outside what we can or cannot do. If we do it, its because we can. Look at the case of Me si. It was the same, they said it was financially impo sible, and we have made money with Me si.He has no idea and he should focus on his league because La Liga is a bit dead.Al-Khelaifi, who also serves as chairman of the European Club A sociation (ECA), could not resist taking another swipe at Madrid over their continued support for the European Super League, which failed spectacularly upon its attempted launch last year.Madrid, along with Barcelona and Juventus, are still committed to the breakaway project, and Al-Khelaifi says their jubilation at winning the Champions League last month is strange in that context.For me it the Super League is already dead, he said. But its also strange. Madrid have won the Champions League and deservedly so, but on the one hand they want to win it and on the other hand they dont want to play it.If youre not happy you dont need to play it. Its the best competition in the world and I dont even know why the Spanish fans are also against this competition, but for me the Super League is dead.

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