French Soccer Star, Kylian Mbappé bid fair well to PSG

International soccer star Kylian Mbappé has announced he is leaving Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season, after which he is expected to join Real Madrid.

The announcement brings Real Madrid closer to ending their yearslong pursuit of the France international, who is widely regarded as one of the best players in world football.

His final game for PSG is the French Cup final against Lyon scheduled to be on May 15.

A video posted to Instagram: “Hi everyone, it’s Kylian. 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 emotions, 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.”

It is important to note that while in PSG, he played under 5 managers namely — Unai Emery, Thomas Tuchel, Mauricio Pochettino, Christophe Galtier and Luis Enrique — He thanked all the managers he had played under as well as the club’s sporting directors.

He added: “Despite everything that can happen on the outside, all this media hype that surrounds the club sometimes, there are some real club lovers who want to protect it and make it shine, and it’s great, and I know that with all these people, this club is in great hands.

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

Mbappé is currently PSG’s club captain and all-time top scorer with 255 goals, winning six Ligue 1 titles in seven seasons.

“It’s a club that I will keep in my memory my entire life. I will tell everybody, my whole life, that I had the chance to play here and I won’t be a player anymore, but I will continue to watch every game of course, because it’s a club that I will always be interested in and I will always closely follow up its news,” Mbappé added.

“It was me, with my qualities and defects, but I tried to give the best version of myself during those seven years. But beforehand I want to say thank you because without you all I would have never experienced half of the emotions I felt. And just for that, I am grateful for life. Thank you all.

“I hope we will finish this year with a last trophy. We are going to have good moments for what’s left, and believe that you will remain in my heart forever. Ici c’est Paris. Goodbye.”

culled from www.espn.co.uk

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