Luis Enrique Confused When Asked About Kylian Mbappe's Future as the New PSG Coach

Luis Enrique
Luis Enrique was appointed as the new coach of Paris Saint-Germain or PSG yesterday (July 5, 2023). The 53-year-old Spanish coach, who has been a free agent since being sacked by Spain last December, replaces Christophe Galtier.

Luis Enrique was then introduced by club president Nasser al-Khelaifi at their new training complex in Poissy, northwest of the French capital.

"I am delighted to join Paris and enjoy this new experience," said Luis Enrique in a club statement. "It's great to meet new people, live in this city, learn a new language, and most importantly, manage PSG."

However, when asked if he has been given assurance that superstar striker Kylian Mbappe will remain at the club for the upcoming season, he did not give a clear answer.

Enrique Relies on All PSG Players

Enrique only emphasized that he relies on all the players who are under contract. However, Khelaifi previously stated that Mbappe, 24, must sign a new contract "if he wants to stay at PSG next season."

"The position is very clear. If Kylian wants to stay, he has to sign a new contract. We cannot let the current best player in the world leave for free. That's not possible," said Khelaifi. "He said he won't leave for free. If someone changes their mind, it's not my fault."

Real Madrid Still Hopeful to Sign Mbappe

Mbappe declared last month that he will not extend his contract, which will expire next year. Therefore, the club must sell the player in the current transfer window. If not, they are likely to lose him for free when his agreement ends.

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Real Madrid has been hoping to sign Mbappe a year ago before he signed a new contract with Paris. The Spanish giants are favored to secure the striker if he eventually switches clubs.

Enrique's Task to Lead PSG to Champions League Victory

Meanwhile, Enrique is the eighth person to lead the club since Qatar's takeover in 2011. Like his predecessors, he will be tasked with bringing them success in the Champions League, which has proven elusive so far.

PSG has never won the prestigious European club competition. They came close but lost in the 2020 final against Bayern Munich.

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They have been eliminated in the round of 16 in five out of the last seven seasons, losing to Bayern at that stage in the recent campaign.

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