Kylian Mbappe: what the superstar’s return to PSG means for the team including Neymar and possibly Zinedine Zidane

It is finished. Kylian Mbappe remains a Paris Saint-Germain player and the French giants have managed to keep their star out of the clutches of Real Madrid. Now the hard work begins, building a project around the 23-year-old capable of finally winning the UEFA Champions League. With their key piece now settled, it’s a matter for PSG to figure out who to keep and who to let go, and perhaps most important of all, who should oversee this rebuild on and off the pitch.

We look at the capital club’s potential pros and cons:

In: Zinedine Zidane?

The chances of Mauricio Pochettino continuing beyond the end of this season are slim to zero as an official exit is expected shortly. The Argentine will move on and Zinedine Zidane is high on the wish list of PSG Qatari owners – even if the former Real Madrid man is still keen on the job with the France national team. With Mbappe now sure to continue, the Ligue 1 champions’ case for his French compatriot’s return to his homeland is stronger than ever. Reports so far have been mixed with TF1’s Telefoot who were initially expected to host Mbappe’s ‘decision’ suggesting Zidane won’t be coming RMC Sport say no final decision has been made yet because there is no guarantee that Didier Deschamps will step down from Les Bleus. Make no mistake though, Zidane is the top pick ahead of other candidates including OGC Nice’s Christophe Galtier.

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From: Neymar?

Such a revolution could also bring unexpected major sacrifices, with Neymar arguably most at risk given the overall disappointing nature of his time in Paris. Few clubs, if any, have the necessary funds to land the Brazilian but PSG would listen to serious offers should they arrive this summer. Neymar spoke of his personal and professional delight at Mbappe’s extension on Saturday and may be left with no choice but to bow down for the 30-year-old.

From: Angel Di Maria

FC Metz’s exit has already been confirmed, it was home to Angel Di Maria’s last appearance in Paris colors and the Argentinean is leaving as one of PSG’s best servants. Age has caught up with him in recent years but El Fideo will still leave a huge gap in the starting XI and is also a personality in the squad as well as one of the most experienced figures. He scored in his last appearance and will miss the capital.

In: Luis Campos

Leonardo will follow Pochettino out the door and that means a serious squad builder is needed to set up a solid base for an Mbappe-led assault on Europa. Who knows him better than someone who knows the PSG No. 7 from his time at founding club AS Monaco? Luis Campos, director of football at Les Monegasques and then last season’s champion Lille OSC, has enjoyed success with both clubs. A former Real Madrid scout, he can offer an eye for talent as well as an extensive list of contacts unlike many others.

Missing: Layvin Kurzawa

PSG have been trying to sign Layvin Kurzawa for some time after an inexplicable contract extension kept him well past a natural departure point at the Parc des Princes. The former Monaco man is prone to injury and hasn’t even qualified for a Ligue 1 medal due to a lack of minutes. In the capital, he’s as unwanted as it gets. He is by no means alone as Ander Herrera, Leandro Paredes and Colin Dagba are also heading for the exit.

In: Ousmane Dembele

One of the most prominent free agents on the market this summer, Ousmane Dembele could leave Barcelona as a free agent and represent the first step towards PSG to develop a solid French core in the future when players like Di Maria move on. The 25-year-old would by no means be the summer’s big move but it would be a double coup for Ligue 1 against La Liga after Mbappe decided to stay as Barca wanted to keep him.

Missing: Julian Draxler

Like Kurzawa, Julian Draxler should have moved on some time ago and could be accompanied in the departure hall by his compatriots Thilo Kehrer and Abdou Diallo. Draxler has even spoken of the need for more minutes to secure his place in the German setup and appears ready to leave if a suitable offer arrives. Kylian Mbappe: what the superstar’s return to PSG means for the team including Neymar and possibly Zinedine Zidane

Justin Scacco

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