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Mbappé to miss pre-season delaying his return to fulll training until mid-September

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Kylian Mbappé is now free to negotiate with any club worldwide, starting with Real Madrid, as his contract concludes on June 30.

According to FIFA regulations, the Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) must be informed of the negotiations, as outlined in Article 18.3 of FIFA’s Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players concerning “Special Provisions Related to Contracts between Players and Clubs.”

The third point of this article states: “A club wishing to conclude a contract with a professional player must notify the player’s club in writing before entering into negotiations with the player. A professional player will be free to sign a contract with another club if their current contract has expired or will expire within a period of six months. Any violation of this provision will be subject to appropriate sanctions.”

In essence, even when a player is authorized to negotiate a contract within the last six months of their existing contract, the potential future club must inform the current club of their intention to initiate negotiations.

Regardless of which club signs the French forward, or even if PSG decides to extend his contract, Mbappé will not be available for pre-season training this summer. This situation has both football and commercial implications.

Football-wise, he will miss the opportunity to participate in team dynamics with his current teammates, and commercially, he won’t be available for the usual promotional tours.

The tight schedule between the end of the Euro and the commencement of the Olympics exacerbates this situation. Mbappé aims to play in both international tournaments this summer for France – first, the Euro in Germany from June 14 to July 14, and then the Olympics in France from July 26 to August 11.

The desire to represent France in these tournaments, particularly the Olympics, where he hopes to serve as an ambassador, complicates the pre-season timeline.

The 12-day gap between the two tournaments not only impacts his pre-season but also affects the start of the 2024-2025 season. This means he might miss the UEFA Super Cup and the initial matches of the domestic league, which is tentatively set to begin on August 16.

Considering the physical toll of participating in both tournaments, Mbappé might require an extended break, potentially delaying his return to full training until mid-September in normal circumstances, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The impending negotiations and subsequent decisions will shape the trajectory of Mbappé’s future, influencing both his professional and personal sporting journey.

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