Kylian Mbappe confirms Paris Saint-Germain exit at end of season ahead of expected Real Madrid move


Kylian Mbappe has affirmed that he will depart from Paris Saint-Germain once the season concludes.

The French player's contract is set to expire this summer. It is anticipated that he will be signing with Real Madrid.

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On Friday evening, the 25-year-old made his departure from PSG known to the public. This had been anticipated since February, when it became known that he would no longer be playing for the French champions.

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The France World Cup champion shared a video on social media where he expressed his desire to have a conversation with his fans. He had previously stated that he would communicate with them when it was time, and now he has announced that he will be wrapping up his time with Paris Saint-Germain after this year. He will not be extending his contract, and the journey will be coming to a close shortly.

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On Sunday, I will be playing my final game at the Parc des Princes. It is a very emotional moment for me. I have been lucky enough to be a member of one of the best football clubs in the world, which has given me the opportunity to grow as a player in a high-pressure environment. Playing alongside some of the greatest champions in history has been an incredible experience. This club has also allowed me to meet many people and has helped me grow as a person, despite the mistakes I have made.

Mbappe indirectly suggested a transfer to Real Madrid in his video announcement, where the French footballer stated that he intends to depart from his homeland in order to progress further in his profession.

He expressed that making this announcement and leaving behind his country, France, as well as Ligue 1, a league he has been a part of for a long time, was a daunting task that he never anticipated would be so difficult. However, he believes that it is necessary for him to take on this new challenge after dedicating seven years to Ligue 1.

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There is still some discussion between PSG and Real Madrid as to how Mbappe will depart - either through a paid transfer or by him giving up some of his salary. Mbappe has promised PSG that he will not depart for free.

Real Madrid has expressed their desire to sign the 25-year-old striker for quite some time now. However, in order to join the Spanish team, the player may need to accept a lower salary. Despite this, Real Madrid is willing to offer him the most money any player in their history has ever received.

In August 2021, Real Madrid made an offer of €220m (£188m) for Mbappe, but PSG rejected it. Instead, Mbappe decided to extend his contract with PSG for three years, which will end this summer.

Last summer, Al Hilal, a club from Saudi Arabia, made an offer of €300m (£256m) to PSG for Mbappe, but he refused to accept it.

PSG Set To Gain £189m From Mbappe Departure

PSG is aware that Mbappe has left the team, which has resulted in a minimum of €220m being saved in gross expenses. The club was not taken aback by his departure.

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The video was created solely by Mbappe, which has placed PSG in a challenging situation as his agreement with Real Madrid has not yet been made public.

Nevertheless, he feels relieved that the club's Galactico era has come to an end with the closure of the final page.

The club didn't think that his performance during the Tuesday's Champions League semi-final loss against Borussia Dortmund was sufficient to justify the amount of money spent, which was £189 million.

When Will Mbappe Play His Last Game For PSG?

Mbappe, who holds the record for the highest number of goals scored for PSG with 255, is set to take part in his last home match at the Parc des Princes against Toulouse in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

Luis Enrique's team has already secured the Ligue 1 championship and now they have two upcoming games on the road. The first is against Nice on May 15th, followed by a match against Metz on May 19th.

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Mbappe's ultimate PSG match shall occur on May 25 in Lille for the French Cup final versus Lyon. On this occasion, he will have an opportunity to clinch his 12th major accomplishment with PSG prior to saying goodbye.

The forward's hopes of winning the Champions League with PSG- an award that he and the club have never won- were crushed recently when they lost 2-0 overall to Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals.

In 2017, Mbappe became a member of PSG after leaving his original club, Monaco. He was initially on loan for a season and later became a permanent player in 2018 for a fee of £166 million.

He holds the title of being the second priciest player in history, only surpassed by Neymar. PSG transferred £200m from Barcelona to Neymar’s purchase in 2017.

Mbappe expressed his gratitude towards both current and former PSG teammates and coaches, citing Unai Emery, Thomas Tuchel, Mauricio Pochettino, Christophe Galtier, and Luis Enrique in his farewell statement.

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He additionally expressed his gratitude towards the sporting directors named Leonardo and Luis Campos. He also gave thanks to the whole team of non-football staff and backroom members of the club.

Galactico Era Ends With Mbappe's Exit | Will Osimhen Come?

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The departure of Mbappe will signal the official conclusion of the Galactico epoch, during which the procurement of football stars like Brazilian Neymar and World Cup champion Lionel Messi was common.

Although PSG has spent a lot of money on players and salaries, they have not yet achieved success in the Champions League. However, those who have insider knowledge of the team would argue that substantial advancements have been made both on and off the field.

Two years ago in the summertime, they started a different approach of creating a team made up of young, enthusiastic players mostly from France. This was done in response to the excessive spending and luxury of the past Galactico era.

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During this season, they made it to the semi-finals of the Champions League using their youngest squad yet for European matches. Also, they began their games with the youngest team in the competition from the round of 16.

Away from the football field, Paris Saint-Germain have recently relocated to a brand new €300 million (£258 million) training facility, and there are currently strategies in motion to switch to a different stadium.

Arctos Partners, a private equity firm from the United States, purchased 12.5% of PSG in December. They paid €4bn (£3.4bn) for the stake, which set the valuation of the club.

In the meantime, the exit of Mbappe is anticipated to result in another lively fair market season.

PSG is among the handful of clubs that have the financial capability to activate the release clause of €120m (£107m) for Napoli's striker, Victor Osimhen.

Luis Enrique will be given a budget for purchasing players during the upcoming summer transfer window. However, any potential new players must be able to assimilate into the current values and ideals of the team.

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PSG is still committed to winning the Champions League, but it will be an immense challenge now that their star player Mbappe has departed for Real Madrid, the team with 14 victories.

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