Ligue 1 chairman hit out at La Liga chairman Javier Tebas for describing the Kylian Mbappe contract as an insult to football. Mbappe signed a contract extension last week with the Ligue 1 club after rejecting an approach from Real Madrid. The Spanish giants offered the World Cup winner a £300m package. Mbappe’s new contract prompted a response from La Liga president Tebas.
“Two our your clubs – Real Madrid and Barcelona – have broken a multitude of records in the past decade,” Ligue 1 chairman hit back at Javier Tebas about the contract of Kylian Mbappe. “In terms of transfer fees, these two clubs have broken the world record six times. In terms of player salaries, Real Madrid currently has two of the highest-paid players in the world sitting on their bench. In terms of debt, Barcelona is reported to have a debt level of €1.5billion, and this is despite the European Court of Justice finding that Real Madrid and Barcelona benefited from legal state aid.”
“The fact that you publicly and repeatedly take this position against Ligue 1 on this topic and denigrate our league and our clubs is both unacceptable and manifestly false,” he added. “It is also not lost on anyone that the pinnacle of competitive imbalance was the recent breakaway European Super League – founded and still maintained by your two clubs.”
“When Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, and others left your league – by choice – last year, rather than acknowledging their greatest (which you had weeks prior to their departure) you commented on their age and brandished our league as being ‘like the league of legends given the age of the players’,” the statement added. “Now your disrespectful smears seem to be directed towards Kylian Mbappe who is widely acknowledged to be one of the world’s greatest players and simply didn’t join your league, by choice, despite having received a similar offer.”