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Kylian Mbappe confirms Paris Saint-Germain exit

Kylian Mbappe confirms Paris Saint-Germain exit

The 25-year-old officially announced his departure from PSG on Friday night after it was announced in February that he would be leaving the French champions.

“PSG” and “Real” will still have to agree whether Mbappe will leave because of the fee or sacrifice his own wages. PSG has Mbappe’s word that he will never leave for free.

Real Madrid have a long-term interest in the 25-year-old striker, who will have to take a pay cut to join the Spanish side, although they are willing to make him the highest-paid player in their history.

In August 2021, PSG rejected a €220m (£188m) bid for Mbappe from Real Madrid. The striker then decided to sign a new three-year contract with PSG, which expires this summer.

PSG accepted a €300m (£256m) bid from Saudi club Al Hilal last summer, but Mbappe turned it down.

When will Mbappe’s last match with PSG take place?

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

Luis Enrique’s side, who have already won the Ligue 1 title, will then play two away league matches, in Nice on May 15 and in Mecca on May 19.

Mbappe’s final game with PSG will be the French Cup final against Lyon in Lille on May 25, where he will have the chance to win a 12th major honor with the club before he leaves.

The striker’s dreams of winning the Champions League with PSG – a trophy that has eluded him and the club – were dashed this week when they lost 2-0 on aggregate to Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals.

Mbappe joined PSG from his first club Monaco, initially on a season-long loan, in 2017 before making the move permanent in 2018 for £166m.

He is the second most expensive player in history behind Neymar, for whom PSG paid Barcelona £200m in 2017.

In his retirement announcement, Mbappe thanked all of his current and former PSG teammates and coaches, naming Unai Emery, Thomas Tuchel, Mauricio Pochettino, Christophe Gaultier and Luis Enrique.

He also thanked sporting directors Leonardo and Luis Campos, as well as all the club’s staff and non-football staff.

Mbappe’s departure marks the end of the Galactica | era Will Asimkhen come?

Mbappe’s departure will mark the official end of the Galaxy era, which saw the signings of players such as Brazil’s Neymar and World Cup winner Lionel Messi.

Despite huge spending on players and wages, Champions League success remains elusive, although PSG insiders say significant progress has been made on and off the pitch.

Two years ago, they began implementing a new strategy to build a team of young, hungry and mostly French players after the excesses of the Galaxy era.

This season, they reached the semi-finals of the Champions League with the youngest team in Europe, and from the round of 16 they started games with the youngest team in the tournament.

Off the pitch, PSG have moved into a new €300m (£258m) training facility and there are plans to move to a new stadium.

In December, American private equity firm Arctos Partners bought a 12.5% ​​stake in PSG in a deal valued at €4bn (£3.4bn).

Meanwhile, Mbappe’s grooming is expected to lead to another busy transfer window.

“PSG” is one of the few clubs that will be able to afford to implement the buy-out clause of “Napoli” forward Viktor Asimkhen for 120 million euros (107 million pounds).

Luis Enrique will have money to spend this summer, but all newcomers will have to fit into the club’s new culture.

While PSG remain determined to win the Champions League, the loss of Mbappe, their best player, to 14-time winners Real Madrid will make the task even more difficult.

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