The exclusion of Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain’s pre-season tour to Asia has drawn sharp criticism from France’s National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP). The move comes amid an ongoing contract standoff between the club and the star forward, adding fuel to the already strained relations.
Reports suggest that PSG has put the 24-year-old France captain up for sale, escalating tensions between the player and the club over the past month. Mbappe has previously stated that he will not renew his contract, which is set to expire at the end of the upcoming season, potentially allowing him to leave for free in June 2024.
In response to the situation, PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi has asserted that they will not let Mbappe go without a transfer fee. However, the UNFP, the primary trade union for professional football players in France, has expressed concerns about the treatment of the player.
“The UNFP believes that all players, including Kylian Mbappe, should be entitled to the same working conditions as any other professional workforce,” stated the union in a detailed statement on Saturday.
The UNFP further emphasized that pressuring an employee, such as deteriorating their working conditions, to force them to leave or accept unfavorable terms from the employer constitutes moral harassment, a practice strongly condemned under French law.
“In light of these concerns, the UNFP reserves the right to pursue civil and criminal action against any club found engaging in such behavior,” the statement warned.
The situation places PSG in a dilemma, as allowing Mbappe to run down the final year of his contract could result in the club being unable to recoup the substantial investment they made when signing him from AS Monaco in 2017 for 180 million euros (200.2 million dollars).
Meanwhile, the prospect of a move to Real Madrid, the record 14-time European champions, continues to circulate in the media, adding further uncertainty to the already complex situation surrounding Kylian Mbappe’s future.