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Kylian Mbappe confirms PSG-exit in the summer | Real Madrid looking like Mbappe’s likely destination

At the end of the current campaign, Kylian Mbappe has announced that he would be leaving Paris Saint-Germain.

It is anticipated that the Frenchman, whose contract expires this summer, would sign with Real Madrid.

The 25-year-old made his departure from PSG official on Friday night, following news in February that he would be leaving the French champions.

In a video released on social media, the France World Cup winner said: “I wanted to speak to you. I’ve always said that I would speak with you when the time comes, and so I wanted to announce to you all that it’s my last year at Paris Saint-Germain. I will not extend and the adventure will come to an end in a few weeks.

“I will play my last game at the Parc des Princes on Sunday. It’s a lot of emotion; many years where I had the chance and the great honour to be a member of the biggest French club – one of the best in the world – which allowed me to arrive here, to have my first experience in a club with a lot of pressure; to grow as a player of course, by being alongside some of the best in history – some of the greatest champions; to meet a lot of people, to grow as a man as well, with all the glory and the mistakes I’ve made.”

Following his announcement that he will “leave his country” to pursue the next phase of his career, Mbappe made hints about a potential transfer to Real Madrid in his announcement video.

He said: “It’s hard, and I never thought it would be this difficult to announce that, to leave my country, France, Ligue 1, a championship I have always known, but I think I needed this – a new challenge after seven years.”

Negotiations between PSG and Real Madrid are still ongoing regarding Mbappe’s decision to depart for a fee or forego his own wages. Mbappe has promised PSG that he won’t ever sign a free transfer.

The 25-year-old forward, who would have to forgo a rise to play for the Spanish team, is a long-term target for Real Madrid, who is willing to offer him the largest salary in team history.

In August 2021, PSG rejected a €220 million (£188 million) offer from Real Madrid for Mbappe. After that, the attacker decided to sign a new three-year contract with PSG, which runs out this summer.

Last summer, Mbappe declined a €300 million (£256 million) offer from the Saudi club Al Hilal to join PSG.

Mbappe leaving to give PSG £189 million


It’s claimed that Mbappe’s departure has allowed PSG to save at least €220 million (£189 million) in gross costs; they are unsurprised by his departure.

Mbappe prepared the film by himself, which puts PSG in a challenging situation because his Real Madrid contract has not yet been made public.

He is, nevertheless, relieved that the club’s Galactico period is finally coming to an end.

The team didn’t think his performance against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday in the Champions League semi-final was below what would have cost £189 million.

When is Mbappe’s last match for PSG?


With 255 goals in all, Mbappe is PSG’s all-time top scorer. On Sunday, he will play his final home game at the Parc des Princes against Toulouse in Ligue 1.

After winning Ligue 1 already, Luis Enrique’s team will play two away league games against Nice on May 15 and Metz on May 19.

On May 25, Mbappe will play his last game for PSG against Lyon in the French Cup final in Lille. There, he will have the opportunity to win his 12th major award with the team before leaving.

The striker’s hopes of winning the Champions League with PSG—a title that has evaded both the team and him—were crushed this week when they fell to Borussia Dortmund 2-0 on aggregate in the semifinals.

After initially joining PSG on a season-long loan from his previous club, Monaco, Mbappe made the transfer permanent in 2018 for a reported £166 million.

After Neymar, for whom PSG paid £200 million to Barcelona in 2017, he is the second-most expensive player in history.

Mbappe acknowledged all of his coaches and teammates at PSG, including Mauricio Pochettino, Unai Emery, Thomas Tuchel, Christophe Galtier, and Luis Enrique, in his farewell statement.

He also expressed gratitude to the club’s non-football employees and backroom staff, Leonardo and Luis Campos, the sports directors.

It is anticipated that Mbappe’s departure will result in another hectic transfer window.

One of the few teams that might afford to activate Victor Osimhen’s €120 million (£107 million) release clause is PSG. Osimhen plays striker for Napoli.

This summer, Luis Enrique will have more money to spend, but any new players he brings in will need to blend in with the team’s new ethos.

Even while PSG is still committed to winning the Champions League, losing their finest player, Kylian Mbappe, to 14-time champion Real Madrid would make the task even more challenging.

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