This summer, PSG largely downsized their squad, most notably with the departures of Lionel Messi and Neymar. Kylian Mbappé also almost left the capital club, much to the disappointment of LFP.
During the summer transfer window, Ligue 1 lost two of its biggest stars, Neymar and Lionel Messi. With the aim of attracting new investors and especially broadcasters to increase TV rights, two South American players had delivered a spectacular advertisement to promote the French championship abroad. Two departures without any result at the moment, even if it would almost prove fatal for the Professional Football League (LFP) if Kylian Mbappé also left Ligue 1. Because LFP boss Vincent Labrun is very keen to increase revenues from the French championship Foreigner. But to do this, the presence of stars is necessary in the championship. L’Equipe claims the French leader was terrified of Kylian Mbappe leaving.
Ligue 1 depends on Kylian Mbappe’s future
If the 24-year-old striker is still a PSG player, there is no guarantee he will remain next season. The world champion’s contract expires in June 2024 and Real Madrid are still looking to welcome the former Monégasque. Meanwhile, French clubs are becoming more active. Because if Ligue 1 spent too much this summer, PSG is largely responsible for what agents invested in the transfer market. This is good news for French football bosses. “Clubs have invested money in the workforce due to the influx of new investors. From now on, they are able to retain their talents for a longer period of time and even bring them back to France. This is a real change” Gave Assurance Vincent LaBrune, who probably hopes to extend Kylian Mbappe in Paris in order to better sell Ligue 1 abroad.