The noise surrounding Kylian Mbappé’s Real Madrid U-turn was muted on Wednesday as the footballer started his pre-season break on the French Riviera.
The talented forward appeared to be in high spirits as he climbed aboard a jet ski before setting off across the Mediterranean while a group of friends relaxed aboard a rented luxury yacht.
The good life: The noise surrounding Kylian Mbappé’s Real Madrid U-turn was muted on Wednesday as the footballer started his pre-season break on the French Riviera
Mbappé had reason to be cheerful, with his improved contract giving him a £100million signing on fee and £650,000-a-week salary – making him the highest paid player in world football.
The Paris-born star forward, one of the best players in the world, was expected to leave his home city this summer when his contract expired and move to Real Madrid, only to stun the Spanish giants by changing his mind and agreeing to a three-year extension.
Ex-AS Monaco star Mbappé has scored an unbelievable 171 goals in 217 matches in all competitions for PSG since signing in summer 2017.
Party time: The shirtless footballer frolicked with a group of scantily clad pals aboard a yacht
In the mix: Having confirmed his future plans by extending his contract with Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain, Mbappé made the most of his time away from the pitch
Here we go: The talented footballer was seen lifting one female friend aloft on Wednesday
Upbeat: Mbappé had reason to be cheerful, with his improved contract giving him a £100million signing on fee and £650,000-a-week salary
In good company: Kylian Mbappé spent much of his time aboard the yacht chatting to an attractive brunette
His trophy haul with the Qatari owned club includes an impressive four Ligue 1 titles – but he is yet to lift the elusive Champions League trophy his paymasters crave.
However he has refused to rule out a move to Real Madrid later in his career after snubbing the Spanish giants in favour of signing an improved new deal at Paris Saint-Germain.
Mbappé has long been linked with a transfer to Real and his decision to renew his contract at PSG sparked fury in Spain.
All together: The footballer mingled with a small group of friends while cruising off the coast of French resort town Cannes
Under wraps: He wore a large white beach towel around his waist as he dried off on Wednesday
Rest and relaxation: Mbappé is enjoying a welcome break after winning his fourth Ligue 1 title – and fifth in total – with Paris Saint Germain
The French star’s future had been unclear throughout the campaign with his initial contract at the Ligue 1 champions being set to expire at the end of the season.
Los Blancos had multiple bids for the forward turned down last summer, including one for £154million.
But speaking to BBC Sport, Mbappé left the door open to a possible move to Real once his contract in France expires in 2025.
Success: Ex-AS Monaco star Mbappé has scored an unbelievable 171 goals in 217 matches in all competitions for PSG since signing in summer 2017
Lucrative: His new three-year contract with the Ligue 1 champions is worth £650,000 a week
‘You never know what can happen in the future,’ he said. ‘I give up to think about the future, I only think about the present and the present is I signed a new contract for three years more at Paris Saint-Germain.’
Pressed on whether his dream of featuring for Real was over, Mbappé added: ‘Never over.’
The footballer revealed at a press conference last week that he had spoken to Real to inform them that he was turning down the chance to join them this summer before publicly confirming his new PSG deal.
Let’s go: He was seen preparing to cut across the Mediterranean on a jet ski during his latest pre-season break
He’s a natural: The footballer cut across the water with ease while steering the jet ski
He told reporters that he made up his mind as late as last week but insists he was honest to all parties throughout the talks over his future, and that he personally contacted Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to show his respect to their interest by informing him them of his decision privately.
‘It was last week,’ he said. ‘I didn’t announce it to my team-mates because the club didn’t want me to. They wanted that to remain a secret and a surprise for everybody, even though it was hard to keep surprises.
‘I have a lot of respect for him and their club they have done a lot to make me as happy as possible.
Uncertainty: The French star’s future had been unclear throughout the campaign with his initial contract at the Ligue 1 champions being set to expire at the end of the season
You never know: Speaking to BBC Sport, Mbappé left the door open to a possible move to Real once his contract in France expires in 2025
‘As a respectful person I owed to it to them to speak to them personally I though that was the best thing to do.’
He added: ‘We managed to finalise the contract and announce the news at the Parc des Princes.’
Mbappé has enjoyed an excellent season at PSG helping the club win back the Ligue 1 title having scored the most goals and provided the most assists in France during the campaign.