PSG Coach Luis Enrique Contemplates Departure Amidst Turmoil
By Adam Shergold
Luis Enrique, the recently appointed manager of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), is reportedly mulling over the possibility of stepping away from his role after just one month. This potential decision is triggered by the ongoing chaos surrounding the future of star player Kylian Mbappe.
Enrique, a Spanish coach who took the reins on July 5, has quickly grown disillusioned with the behind-the-scenes turmoil at the Parc des Princes. The primary issue revolves around the strained relationship between the club and Mbappe, who is actively seeking a transfer, potentially to Real Madrid.
Desperate to avoid losing Mbappe as a free agent next year, PSG has excluded him from their pre-season activities, confining him to train with the reserves. The club is keen on selling him this summer to secure a transfer fee.
Complicating matters further, PSG’s sporting director, Luis Campos, instrumental in Enrique’s appointment, is reportedly on the brink of leaving the club.
Spanish newspaper Marca suggests that Enrique might even consider departing before the commencement of the new Ligue 1 season on August 12. This possible exit is compounded by the contemplation of Enrique’s close aide, Rafel Pol, to reassess his position within the club.
Sources indicate that Enrique, known for his swift decision-making, is finding his role at PSG increasingly uncomfortable. PSG officials have dismissed the rumors as baseless and preposterous.
Enrique, aged 53, was hoped to steer PSG toward victory in the Champions League, having previously clinched the title with Barcelona in 2015. His successful track record includes two LaLiga titles while at Barcelona.
In a turn of events, Mbappe, 24, extended his contract with PSG until 2025 in May 2022. This decision was made over an offer from Real Madrid. Nevertheless, the agreement allows him to exit as a free agent next summer, with PSG believing he holds an undisclosed understanding with Real Madrid for a no-fee transfer in 2024, coupled with a £137 million signing bonus.
With Mbappe currently earning approximately €75 million per year, PSG is alarmed at the prospect of losing such a prized asset without reaping returns on their substantial investment.
Updated: 04:47 EDT, 4 August 2023