Mbappe left out of PSG’s Japan tour amid transfer speculation

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As per PSG’s list published on Friday, Kylian Mbappé is not included in the roster for the upcoming Japan tour that starts on Saturday. He is now open for transfer, and discussions with potential clubs are slated to begin on August 1.

PSG has officially confirmed that Kylian Mbappé will not be part of the forthcoming Japan tour. The club unveiled the list of players selected for the summer tour on Friday evening, and the prominent Parisian striker was conspicuously absent. Reports from Radio France’s sports department indicate that Mbappé is now up for transfer.

The latest reports from the Parisian club reveal that there have been no updates on Kylian Mbappé’s contract situation since he returned to training on Monday. PSG has obtained information indicating that the player might have already reached an agreement with another club to join them in 2024, at the end of his contract, with no transfer fee involved.

During a fifteen-minute speech at Tuesday’s training session, Paris Saint-Germain’s President, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, emphasized the club’s stance that no individual should be considered above the team or its core values. Consequently, PSG has opted to leave Kylian Mbappé out of the Japan squad. The deadline for Kylian Mbappé to extend his contract with Paris is set until July 31.

In the event of no agreement being reached by then, the club will initiate discussions with potential suitors starting from August 1, as reported by Radio France. Similar to the previous year, the Parisian club has embarked on their summer tour in Japan, starting on Monday.

A carefully selected group of 29 players, chosen by Luis Enrique and his coaching staff, will first travel to Osaka and later return to Tokyo after completing their stay. Notably, among the players joining the tour is 16-year-old Ethan Mbappé, the younger brother of the French team captain.

During their time in Osaka, the Parisians have organized matches against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Saudi club, Al-Nassr, on July 25, and the local team Cerezo on July 28. Subsequently, in Tokyo, they are scheduled to compete against the European runners-up, Inter Milan, on August 1. Finally, the French champions will extend their tour to South Korea on August 2 and 3, where they will meet their Korean fans and take on Korean runners-up Jeonbuk Hyundai on August 3.


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