PSG and Al Nassr

25 July 2023 - 10:10 am

Amid Kylian Mbappe’s transfer fiasco, Paris Saint-Germain will continue their preparations for their 2023-24 campaign with a pre-season friendly against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Saudi Pro League outfit Al-Nassr on Tuesday.

Of course, the talk surrounding Mbappe’s future has once again hit the headlines at the weekend. The 24-year-old has entered the final season of his contract and doesn’t wish to extend it further. It seems the Frenchman set his sights on joining Real Madrid for free in the summer of 2024, but the PSG hierarchy wants him to sign the extension or leave this summer.

Mbappe actually found the back of net after coming on as a late substitute in PSG’s 2-0 friendly victory over Le Havre last Friday, but he was then excluded from the travelling party for the Japan tour.

PSG must now concentrate on their pre-season schedule, which includes games against Al-Nassr, Cerezo Osaka, Inter Milan, and Jeonbuk Motors as head coach Luis Enrique looks to prepare his players for their 2023-24 Ligue 1 opener against Lorient on August 12.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo became Saudi Arabian football’s biggest acquisition earlier this year, but things have certainly changed as Saudi Pro League clubs are buying high-profile European stars with astonishing amounts of money going toward transfer fees and salaries, so we will see a big expanse of football in the Middle East.

Al-Nassr have also improved their squad drastically with several high-quality additions, but still, they are looking too frail up against any decent European team. They are coming into this game off the back of a disappointing Portugal tour, where they suffered 5-0 humiliation against Celta Vigo and then, Benfica thrashed them 4-1 in Portugal.