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Kylian Mbappe is no longer a young footballer whose future just might look bright.
At this point in time, Paris Saint-Germain’s prodigy is already bound to become a superstar and rule over the footballing stage sooner rather than later.
After all, we’re talking here about a 20-year-old kid who has already bagged nine goals and assisted a further four in a total of 11 games played for the French giants in the ongoing 2019/20 season.
Not only that, but he has also scored 69 goals and assisted 36 in 98 games he played for his current team overall.
Those figures would be insane for anyone on the planet, let alone a 20-year-old at the very beginning of his career.
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But Paris Saint-Germain were never a dominant force outside of France. Sure, they do hold a monopoly over Ligue 1 but they are still aching for any kind of success in Europe.
Their rise was largely connected to their ever-growing budget and the size of their wallets and for that reason, they sometimes maybe don’t get the respect they probably deserve by now.
And for those reasons, keeping Mbappe at Paris would indeed pose a challenge, especially considering that the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid are still prowling around the youngster.
The Reds are among the best teams, if not the very best team, in the world at the moment, seeing how they are the current European champions and are also keeping a firm grip on the Premier League in the current campaign.
Can Paris Saint-Germain really compete with that? Or with Los Blancos, for that matter?
One thing is for sure, however – if they manage to tie Mbappe down and secure his services for the future and not just the present, they would be making a huge statement to the footballing world.
After all, keeping the brightest talents is very much the name of the game.
Smaller clubs can profit from developing them but big clubs’ success depends on having the best in their ranks at all times.
Keeping Mbappe would definitely send a signal that PSG have finally become a desirable destination for prodigies around the globe and would signal their entrance among the elite.
Can they actually do it? Only time will tell.