When the 23-year-old opted to stick with Paris Saint-Germain, he sparked uproar in Spain, but Vincent Labrune has defended him and the club.
counterpart Javier Tebas' objections over Kylian Mbappe's contract renewal atParis Saint-Germain
, the president of the French Professional League (LFP) has struck back.
After more than a year of speculation that he was ready to join Real Madrid, the French forward chose to turn down the offer and continue his career in his nation.
The agreement sparked uproar in Spain, with Tebas calling it an "insult to football" and LaLiga pledging to file a complaint with UEFA and the European Union.
In a letter to the president of LaLiga, LFP head Vincent Labrune retaliated against Tebas, calling his views "unacceptable" and "totally inappropriate."
"We would like to express in the strongest terms our disapproval, but also our incomprehension, of your latest attacks againstLigue 1
and one of our clubs," he wrote.
"We are all the more shocked by these attacks as you are president. of the European Leagues (supposed to represent all leagues in Europe, including Ligue 1) and a member of the UEFA Executive Committee (whose role is to promote the collective interests of European football).
"Your attacks on Ligue 1 and one of our clubs, Paris Saint-Germain, and one of our players, Kylian Mbappe, are based on your own interpretation of financial unsustainability and competitive imbalance, which you repeatedly attribute to Ligue 1 and one of our clubs.
"Today your disrespectful remarks seem to be directed at Kylian Mbappe, who is widely recognised as one of the best players in the world and who simply did not join your league, by choice, despite a similar offer.
"Unlike you, Ligue 1 salutes and promotes players in our league and across Europe - including those in your league. Someone in your various functions would be well advised to do the same."
Real Madrid's hefty pay bill and Barcelona's huge debt, according to Labrune, are bigger difficulties than PSG's extension with Mbappe, adding:
"Two of your clubs have broken a multitude of records in the past decade. These two clubs have broken the world record [transfer fee] six times.
"In terms of player salaries, Real Madrid currently has two of the highest-paid players in world football sat on their bench. Barcelona is reported to have a debt level of €1.5 billion."
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