Kylian Mbappé Confirms He’s Leaving PSG

Kylian Mbappe of PSG in 2019
Kylian Mbappe of PSG in 2019. Photo by Pixathlon/Shutterstock (10345026ai)

French star striker Kylian Mbappé announced on Friday that he will be leaving Paris Saint-Germain after his contract with League 1 champions expires in the summer.

The news doesn’t come as a surprise, considering that Mbappé indicated on several occasions in recent months that he doesn’t intend to re-sign with PSG. Mbappé will bid his farewell to PSG fans during Sunday’s home game against Toulouse. His final game with the club should come against Lyon in the French Cup finals on May 25.

“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,” said Mbappé in a video shared on his social media. “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.”

Kylian Mbappé arrived to PSG in the summer of 2017 with a €180 million transfer from Monaco, which made him the most expensive teenager in the history of soccer. He more than justified his high price tag, scoring 255 goals and dishing 108 assists in 306 games in all competitions. Mbappé also helped the club win six Ligue 1 titles and reach the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League finals.

Mbappé also found success with the French national team, winning the World Cup in 2018 and finishing runner-up four years later. He has 46 goals in 77 international matches.

While Mbappé didn’t speak about his plans for the future, it is widely expected that he will join La Liga powerhouse Real Madrid as a free agent. He has been a fan of the club since a young age and was linked with Los Blancos on several occasions in the past.