Mbappe's Departure Adds Pressure To PSG's Stadium Situation

PSG’s Stadium Search Ignited by Mbappe’s Madrid Move as Parc des Princes Purchase Denied

By Xorkpe Sosu 6 Min Read

The Parisien champions, PSG have been trying to buy Parc des Princes stadium from the city of Paris but have been unable to reach an agreement.

Al-Khelaifi has accused the council of discriminating against the club due to its Qatari owners and has announced they will now embark on a search for a new stadium.

Paris Saint-Germain will depart from the Parc des Princes after the City confirmed that the stadium was not available for purchase, stated club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi on Thursday.

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“It’s too easy to say now that the stadium is not for sale anymore. We know what we want, we wasted years to try and buy it.”

“It’s easier for us now, we know what we want. It’s over for us. We want to move out of the Parc.”

Last year, PSG announced their intention to explore alternative options after Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo declared that the stadium was not available for purchase—a stance reaffirmed by City Hall on Tuesday.

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Paris Deputy Mayor for Sports, Pierre Rabadan, emphasized the city’s reluctance to sell the Parc des Princes, citing it as an irreversible decision that would compromise Paris’ heritage.

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) faces stadium acquisition challenges, prompting a search for alternatives following Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo's refusal to sell the Parc des Princes.

Since 1974, the Parc des Princes has served as PSG’s home ground, established four years after the club’s founding.

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Despite desires to remain and assume ownership of the stadium, which is backed by Qatari investors, negotiations spanning eight years concluded with the Paris city council’s vote affirming the Parc des Princes would not be sold.

PSG disclosed in January that they had already invested over 85 million euros ($92 million) in stadium maintenance costs and pledged an additional 500 million euros for renovations, aiming to compete at the highest level in European football.

With their focus now shifted towards securing a new venue, PSG has not provided a specific timeline for their departure.

What’s Next For PSG?

PSG had been eyeing the purchase of their current stadium to expand its capacity from nearly 48,000 to approximately 60,000.

Despite having a deal in place to remain at the stadium until the culmination of 2043, the club is now initiating efforts to seek a new venue.

According to 90min.com, PSG is actively scouting for a new stadium, with three potential options on the table:

  1. Stade Jean-Bouin, owned by the City of Paris, boasting a capacity of 20,000 and currently hosting PSG’s women’s team alongside rugby and American football events.
  2. Stade Sebastien Charlety, a government-owned facility with a seating capacity of 20,000, presently occupied by Paris FC but earmarked by PSG for potential demolition and reconstruction to accommodate up to 75,000 spectators.
  3. Paris La Defense Arena, a 30,000-seater primarily used by rugby outfit Racing 92, who are slated to return to their renovated Yves-Du-Manoir stadium post-Olympic Games.

Additionally, PSG may explore the possibility of constructing a new stadium near their training camp in Poissy, albeit facing logistical challenges due to its distance—15.5 miles—from the heart of Paris.

This decision coincides with the looming departure of Kylian Mbappe, who is expected to join Real Madrid when his contract expires in the summer.

Will PSG Loose Mbappe?

The revelation of Mbappe’s choice, reported by Le Parisien, marks a setback for PSG but also emphasizes the imperative for Real Madrid to secure an agreement with the talented player from Bondy.

Kylian Mbappé of PSG with France and former Madrid Players
Kylian Mbappé of PSG with France and former Madrid Players

As the football world awaits Mbappe’s decision, influenced by financial considerations, loyalty, and personal aspirations, it transcends mere transfer speculation, offering insights into the evolving dynamics of the modern game, the symbiotic relationship between players and clubs, and the enduring significance of legacy amidst a backdrop of perpetual change.

According to Fabrizio Romano, who draws upon sources within PSG and Real Madrid, a decision may be imminent, with assurances that it won’t linger into the summer months.

“Could it happen soon? Yes,” Romano stated in his column for CaughtOffside.

“The feeling from sources at PSG, Real Madrid, and Mbappe is that the decision could come soon. Not in June or July; the feeling is that it will be soon.”

“Real Madrid are very confident this time after the exchanges with Mbappe, and this time the feeling is different; it is positive, with people close to Florentino Perez feeling the player is ready to take this step and move to the Bernabeu,” Romano concluded.

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