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Kylian Mbappe confirms summer transfer decision in emotional social media video

Kylian Mbappe confirms summer transfer decision in emotional social media video

Kylian Mbappe has announced he will leave Paris Saint-Germain when his contract expires this summer.

The forward’s deal at Parc des Princes is up at the end of June and it had long been reported that he would not be signing a fresh one in the French capital.

Mbappe is widely expected to join Real Madrid this summer, and in a video on social media, he confirmed that he would indeed be leaving PSG, though did not specify his next destination.

“Hi everyone, it’s Kylian. I wanted to speak to you,” he began. “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 [my contract] 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.

“First of all, I want to thank the teammates, all of the teammates that I had. All the coaches: Unai Emery, Thomas Tuchel, Mauricio Pochettino, Christophe Galtier and Luis Enrique.

“The sports directors, Leonardo and Luis Campos, for always accompanying me. All the staff members at the club, those nobody see, the folks in the shadow, whether it’s the physios, the intendants, the performance team, all the office staff members, the ones at campus, everybody.

“All these incredible people who give everything to the club and they deserve to have this recognition. 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. 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.

“It’s difficult and of course there are some people I want to thank above all, these are the…

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