On 12th September this year, there will be a call for offers for the league’s TV rights for the period between 2024 and 2028. The timing of the Mbappé scandal is therefore far from ideal, especially given the recent departure of Ligue 1’s biggest ambassador, Lione Messi (35). The Argentinian has confirmed that he will join MLS side Inter Miami upon the expiry of his contract at Paris Saint-Germain.
Mbappé now also looks set to leave PSG this summer after informing the club that he won’t be extending his contract. Les Parisiens don’t want to lose the player for free, and therefore a sale this summer is a very real possibility. There are fears that this could make the league less attractive, an issue that is exacerbated by the upcoming TV rights deal renegotiations.
“Mbappé’s departure can’t not have consequences on French football, even if he doesn’t make Ligue 1 all by himself,” said Stade de Reims President Jean-Pierre Caillot. “I hope that reason will prevail, and he will play in France next season,” he continued.
Montpellier President Laurent Nicollin said, “For my club, it would be good news, we would concede fewer goals, but I’m not sure the same can be said about Ligue 1.”
Jean-Michel Aulas, who has now stepped back from his role at Olympique Lyonnais echoed the despondent tone: “Ligue 1 without boys like Mbappé isn’t the same, especially just weeks away from the call for offers.” The head of the LFP, Vincent Labrune is hoping for a €1bn offer for the TV rights in September. Attracting such an offer without Mbappé will be a tall order.
GFFN | Luke Entwistle