Paris Saint-Germain have issued a statement refuting claims they are making contingency plans to sell either Neymar or Kylian Mbappe next summer.
French newspaper L’Equipe reported on Friday that Saint-Germain are discussing all their options in the wake of UEFA’s investigation into their handling of FFP – including the potential loss of one of their biggest stars.
But the Ligue 1 leaders have slammed the report as “erroneous, ridiculous and likely to create great tension” between the paper and the club, and gone as far as to question the publication’s “intellectual honesty and ulterior motives”.
UEFA reopened the case against PSG in September, before they were reported by German newspaper Der Spiegel, via ‘Football Leaks’, as having violated FFP for a number of years – a claim the club has denied.
The investigation into the Qatari-owned club’s spending was initially opened in September 2017, under pressure from some of Europe’s biggest clubs, in the wake of their world-record £200m signing of Neymar and loan deal for Mbappe, which included a £166m obligation to buy.
UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules mandate that clubs cannot spend more than they earn in any given season and that deficits must fall within a 30-million-euro limit over three seasons – and, if PSG are ultimately found guilty, they could face exclusion from European competition.
Ahead of their final Champions League Group C game against Red Star Belgrade next Tuesday – with qualification to the knockout stage hanging on a knife-edge as Napoli and Liverpool face each other – PSG called for their wider community to get behind the team.
“With four days to go until the match in Belgrade in the Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain invites its community – supporters, partners, former players – to gather more than ever around the red and blue jersey, its players and values and ambitions, that the club will always carry with pride,” they said.
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