Look who’s back! Kylian Mbappe reports for pre-season training with PSG after the French striker sensationally snubbed Real Madrid to sign a £34m megadeal to stay in Paris
- France striker Mbappe returned to Paris Saint-Germain after his summer break
- The 23-year-old looked relaxed as he strolled into the training center wearing shades
- Mbappe agreed a £650,000-a-week contract extension to remain at the club
- He turned down Real Madrid to spearhead PSG’s push for European glory
- New boss Christophe Galtier and his squad are off to Japan for pre-season tour
Kylian Mbappe has made his return to Paris Saint-Germain ahead of pre-season with the France striker beginning a new chapter at the club after signing a £34 million megadeal.
The 23-year-old was pictured stepping out of a vehicle and walking into the club’s training complex while looking casual in a t-shirt and sunglasses.
For a long time, it looked highly unlikely that Mbappe would be spending the 2022-23 campaign with the French champions.
Kylian Mbappe returned to Paris Saint-Germain duty after the summer break on Monday
The France striker looked relaxed as he checked in at PSG’s training complex for pre-season
But the World Cup winner spurned the advances of Real Madrid to agree a highly lucrative new three-year contract at the Parc des Princes worth over £650,000 per week.
PSG went to extraordinary lengths to secure the future of their marquee player with Mbappe, who pocketed a signing-on bonus of £126m, set to be among football’s highest earners.
It’s all changed in some respects at PSG, however, with new coach Christophe Galtier getting down to work in training after replacing Mauricio Pochettino.
Although PSG once again won the Ligue 1 title last season, finishing 15 points ahead of rivals Marseille, they fell short in the French Cup and suffered a humiliating Champions League exit to Real Madrid.
PSG have broken the bank to tie Mbappe to a new three-year contract worth a total of £34m
Mbappe spent some of his summer holidays in New York, where he attended the NBA Draft
Galtier, who has come in from Nice on a two-year deal, will become the latest manager tasked with ending PSG’s search for the holy grail of Europe’s leading competition.
And Mbappe, who scored 39 times in 46 outings last season, will be integral to their chances of finally cracking the Champions League.
PSG will begin their pre-season schedule with a friendly against Ligue 2 club Quevilly-Rouen at their training complex on Friday.
They then jet off to Japan for a three-match tour that will see them play Kawasaki Frontale in Tokyo on July 20, Urawa Red Diamonds in Saitama on July 23 and Gamba Osaka in Osaka on July 25.
Mbappe’s importance to PSG is clear after he netted 39 goals in 46 matches last season
Christophe Galtier (left), introduced to the media by president Nasser Al-Khelaifi last week, is the latest manager tasked with winning the Champions League at PSG
PSG will then take on cup winners Nantes in the Trophee des Champions in Tel Aviv on July 31 before beginning their league title defense with a visit to Clermont on August 6.
The Parisians did not have to find a replacement forward for Mbappe but they have spent money to strengthen in other areas so far this summer.
Defender Nuno Mendes has arrived from Sporting Lisbon and his fellow Portugal international Vitinha has been signed from Porto to bolster midfield options.