‘L’Équipe’ reports that PSG’s final “no” to Real Madrid’s final offer for Kylian Mbappe was decided in Qatar. More specifically, in the palace of Emir Tamim bim Hamad Al-Thani.
There were doubts in the board of the French club about whether to accept ‘Los Blancos’ proposal, but the team’s ownership opted to avoid his trip to Spain.
PSG rejected an offer of around €200m from Real Madrid for Kylian Mbappe knowing that it will likely mean he leaves for free next year. This decision was facilitated by the solid financial backing provided to the Parisian club by its owner, an investment fund closely linked to the Qatari government.
Its emir, Tamim bim Hamad Al-Thani, was, in fact, the one who made the decision to give ‘Los Blancos’ a definitive refusal, according to ‘L’Équipe’. The prestigious French newspaper claims that there were serious doubts among the board of directors. Several members felt that it made more sense to earn almost 200 million for the striker’s departure than to keep him in the knowledge that he would now be able to leave at no cost.
The board listened to those who were for and those who were against the sale of the player and decided that it was best not to make it happen. He did not want to deprive himself of the trident he will form with Neymar and Leo Messi, if only for one season. Pochettino’s attack is one of the most fearsome on the planet and has its sights set on the Champions League.
It is no surprise that the decision for Mbappe to stay came from Qatar. So well known is the financial backing that nation provides PSG that social media was filled with messages from Real Madrid fans outraged that the club would not allow the striker to leave for Spain.