The French international forward has long been associated with the Spanish giants, but it was then announced on Saturday that Mbabane was signing a three-year extension to stay in the French capital until 2025.
And the 23-year-old admitted that he did not take the decision to stay at PSG lightly.
“It was a difficult decision,” he told a news conference in Paris. “Football was my refuge.
He added: “I knew there was a time to talk about it, and I wanted to take the time to make the right decision, to make my own decision. I had no problem with stress because I have lived with it since I was 14. I’m doing it. “
Mbopp’s decision – or indecisiveness – has been the subject of much discussion over the past 12 months.
The deal for the 2018 World Cup winner was coming to an end this summer, and with him being a self-proclaimed Real Madrid fan, the links were clear.
Even at Monday’s press conference, Mbappe admitted that he was interested in joining the Spanish giants.
“Everyone knows I wanted to leave last year, and I was sure that would be the best decision at that time.”
But, according to Mbappe, at that time, the situation changed and he finally decided to stay in France.
“Years go by but they are different, and the context is different now. It goes for the terms of the sport, and personally,” he said. “I was free to decide and I know how important it is in France.
“It’s the country where I grew up. I’ve always lived here, and it wasn’t right to leave my country. There’s an emotional side to it. It’s my country. The sports project has changed. I want to stay here because I don’t think my The story is still over. It goes jointly and individually. I think there are many more wonderful chapters to write here. “
Mbopp’s decision to stay in Paris comes after another great season for the young superstar.
His PSG team was the Fugitive League 1 winner, and he also finished as the league’s top scorer and top assistant.
In fact, on the day the contract was announced, Mbappe scored a hat-trick in a 5-0 win over PSG’s Metz.
But to show any European trophies yet, questions remain as to whether this new, big-money deal will increase Mbabane’s project or whether he was promised a captain’s armband.
However, the 23-year-old has denied the allegations.
“For the project here, you don’t need any special responsibility to invest in the project. A club always has a captain and we have one here, so I don’t want to take responsibility from Marquinhos. He plays a key role. Role in the dressing room and he’s Captain Armband. Deserved. This is not a priority for me.
“I don’t need to be a captain to give my point of view and set an example on the pitch.”
‘I know they’re disappointed’
News of Mbopp’s new deal at PSG has provoked outrage from Real fans, who have admitted it.
“I know they are disappointed. I hope they understand my decision,” he said. “They’ve always accepted me and I’ve been wearing that shirt since I was 14. I have to thank them.”
Shortly after Mbabane’s new deal was announced, the Spanish league, La Liga, issued a statement saying it would file a complaint against PSG over its “non-compliance with UEFA’s financial fair play”.
“La Liga wants to say that such an agreement undermines the economic stability of European football, endangering thousands of jobs and the integrity of the game, not only in the European competition, but also in the domestic league,” it said.
PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi responded to the remarks on Monday.
“Maybe, it’s a good thing if the league does better than the 1st league,” Al-Khelaifi said.
“La Liga is not what it was three or four years ago. I have respect for all clubs, but we also need respect.
“We have the best players in the world. That’s what matters to us. It doesn’t matter what others say. I don’t listen.”