Kylian Mbappe has described his club Paris St-Germain as a “divisive team”, amid a contract standoff between the player and the French Ligue 1 champions.
Relations between PSG and Mbappe soured last month after the French forward said he would not renew his contract, which expires at the end of next season, meaning he can leave for free in June 2024.
If he runs down his contract, PSG would be unable to recoup any of the 180 million euros ($197 million) they spent to sign him. PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi has said they will not let him go for free.
Mbappe, Ligue 1’s top scorer in the last five seasons, has been linked with a move to Real Madrid.
“I think that playing for PSG doesn’t help much because it’s a divisive team and a divisive club,” he said in an interview with France Football magazine. He did not elaborate.
PSG representatives did not immediately reply when contacted by Reuters for comment on Saturday.
PSG have won nine of the last 11 Ligue 1 titles, but Mbappe’s frustration lies with their performances in the Champions League, a trophy the Parisian club has never won despite all their investment in the squad.
PSG went out in the last 16 this year when they were beaten by Bayern Munich, failing to score in both legs. Mbappe was injured in the first leg and said they were “helpless” in the second.
Mbappe said he was the “most decisive player” in the group stage but could not explain what PSG were missing with the club hitting a “glass ceiling” in Europe.
“We did what we could, period. You have to talk to the people who make the team, who organise the squad, who build this club,” he added.