Time For Change: Thierry Henry Calls Mbappe To Leave PSG After UCL Exit
Thierry Henry has suggested that Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) could face challenges in retaining Kylian Mbappe, following the team’s latest European setback. The former Arsenal striker has called for a potential shift in the club’s transfer strategy in order to keep Mbappe. Despite the French striker signing a new contract with the club in 2022, rumors of his departure from Parc des Princes continue to circulate.
Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), the current Ligue 1 champions, have once again fallen short of securing Champions League glory after being knocked out in the last-16 by Bayern Munich. As a result, speculation has arisen regarding the future of some of the club’s highly valued players.
While World Cup-winning forward Kylian Mbappe signed a new contract through to 2024 last year, there are questions over his happiness this season and rumors linking him to other clubs such as Real Madrid and Liverpool persist.
Thierry Henry, the former France international, has expressed his concern that Kylian Mbappe may be tempted to leave PSG in the upcoming summer transfer window. Henry suggests that PSG needs to reconsider its squad-building strategy and potentially sign young French players from the Paris area who idolize the club.
Henry cites Kingsley Coman’s recent subdued goal celebration as an example of the importance of having players who are emotionally invested in the club. Henry further questions PSG’s recruitment policy, which has prioritized experienced players who have already won major trophies.
He argues that PSG needs to have a clear plan, identity, philosophy, and achievable objectives. Henry also acknowledges that there is a rift between the club and some former PSG supporters, who may prefer the older version of the club. Despite this, Henry believes that PSG has a talented team, which would have been unthinkable two decades ago, but that the club needs to work on its fan engagement to keep everyone happy.