Kylian Mbappe has made his return to Paris Saint-Germain ahead of pre-season with the France striker beginning a new chapter at the club after signing a £34million megadeal.
The 23-year-old was pictured stepping out of a vehicle and walking into the club’s training complex while looking casual in a t-shirt and sunglasses. For a long time, it looked highly unlikely that Mbappe would be spending the 2022-23 campaign with the French champions.
PSG went to extraordinary lengths to secure the future of their marquee player with Mbappe, who pocketed a signing-on bonus of £126m, set to be among football’s highest earners. It’s all change in some regards at PSG, however, with new coach Christophe Galtier getting down to work in training after replacing Mauricio Pochettino.
Galtier, who has come in from Nice on a two-year deal, will become the latest manager tasked with ending PSG’s search for the holy grail of Europe’s leading competition. And Mbappe, who scored 39 times in 46 outings last season, will be integral to their chances of finally cracking the Champions League.
PSG will begin their pre-season schedule with a friendly against Ligue 2 club Quevilly-Rouen at their training complex on Friday. They then jet off to Japan for a three-match tour that will see them play Kawasaki Frontale in Tokyo on July 20, Urawa Red Diamonds in Saitama on July 23 and Gamba Osaka in Osaka on July 25.
PSG will then take on cup winners Nantes in the Trophee des Champions in Tel Aviv on July 31 before beginning their league title defence with a visit to Clermont on August 6. The Parisians didn’t have to find a replacement forward for Mbappe but they have spent money to strengthen in other areas so far this summer.
Defender Nuno Mendes has arrived from Sporting Lisbon and his fellow Portugal international Vitinha has been signing from Porto to bolster midfield options.