A subtle plea to stay? PSG ultras reveal banner of support for Mbappe

Nicholas Hughes
PSG star Kylian Mbappe missed the penalty that saw France knocked out of Euro 2020

Kylian Mbappe has received the backing of his Paris Saint-Germain fans with a group of ultras unfurling a banner of support outside Parc des Princes.

The Ultras Paris Collective revealed the banner, which read “racism, media lynching: support for KM”, on Sunday in response to ongoing criticism of the 22-year-old star.

Mbappe missed the crucial spot kick as France were dumped out of Euro 2020 in the round of 16 by Switzerland, capping off a lacklustre tournament that saw him fail to score in four games.

France only won one game, which was their group stage opener against Germany, before come from behind draws against Hungary and Portugal ahead of their shock exit.

This banner comes as Mbappe’s future has again been called into question of late, with rumours suggesting Mbappe will refuse a contract extension in Paris unless there is a clause that allows him a move to Real Madrid.

The only difficulty of that, though, is that the French Professional Football League prohibits clubs from inserting release clauses into player contracts.

PSG will of course do everything in their power to keep hold of Mbappe, though the French media vitriol could well drive him out of his home country.

Mbappe looks to have his heart set on Real Madrid move

And PSG don’t have a lot of time, either. Mbappe’s current deal is set to expire at the end of the upcoming 2021/22 season, meaning PSG risk losing him for free if they can’t figure out a solution.

Liverpool remain sporadically linked with interest in the Frenchman as well, but Real Madrid looms as the overwhelmingly likely destination, should Mbappe walk away from France.

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Mbappe rose to prominence as an 18-year-old with Monaco, helping the principality club to a shock league title and a Champions League semi-final appearance before developing into one of the best players in the world at PSG.

If Lionel Messi’s contract situation at Barcelona was the transfer story of the 2020/21 season, then Mbappe’s position at PSG is set to follow suit and dominate headlines across next season.