This summer, PSG largely downsized its squad, notably with the departures of Lionel Messi and Neymar. Kylian Mbappé also almost left the capital club, to the great dismay of the LFP.
During the summer transfer window, Ligue 1 lost two of its biggest stars, Neymar and Lionel Messi. The two South American players were a superb advertisement to promote the French championship abroad, with the aim of attracting new investors and especially broadcasters in order to increase TV rights. Two departures without much consequence for the moment even if it almost proved fatal to the Professional Football League (LFP) if Kylian Mbappé had also left Ligue 1. Because Vincent Labrune, boss of the LFP, greatly wishes to increase revenue from the French championship the foreigner. But to achieve this, the presence of stars within the championship is essential. L’Équipe claims that French leaders were very afraid of the departure of Kylian Mbappé.
Ligue 1 depends on the future of Kylian Mbappé
If the 24-year-old striker is still a PSG player, there is no guarantee that he will still be next season. The world champion’s contract ends in June 2024 and Real Madrid is still on the lookout to welcome the former Monegasque. Meanwhile, French clubs are becoming more active. Because if Ligue 1 spent a lot this summer, PSG is largely responsible for the agent invested in the transfer market. This remains good news for the boss of French football. “The clubs have put money into the workforce thanks to the arrival of new investors. From now on, they are able to keep their talents longer and even bring them back to France. It’s a real change” assured Vincent Labrune who probably hopes for an extension from Kylian Mbappé in Paris to better sell Ligue 1 abroad.