Ligue 1

Casemiro Saudi, Mbappe PSG row and more

Casemiro Saudi, Mbappe PSG row and more

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On Sunday evening it was the last appearance for Kylian Mbappe playing for Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes. We saw PSG lose to Toulouse but they celebrated winning Ligue 1 at the end anyway.

As I’ve previously reported, Mbappe is now set to leave PSG for Real Madrid. We’re just waiting for the next steps and then we will have the ‘here we go’ very soon and I will keep you posted on that.

For now, there have been reports of a big argument between Mbappe and Nasser Al-Khelaifi before the Toulouse game, but PSG sources deny this. They spoke, as they have some things to clarify before Mbappe leaves, so obviously it’s not a great friendship at this moment, but PSG guarantee that it was not a big fight between Mbappe and the president.

I had the chance to meet Mbappe after the game on the pitch – it was a special moment, and the feeling around the stadium was interesting because it was not a normal game for Mbappe. He wanted to celebrate the title and enjoy it with his teammates and with his mother, who was there too.

I noticed that Mbappe and his family seemed really relaxed after three months of media speculation, with his future finally settled, and you could see on his face that Mbappe was really relaxed, and really happy because he’s going to fulfil his dream to play for Real Madrid.

As I’ve previously reported, even if there were links with Premier League clubs, this was never something serious or concrete, and he also didn’t want to consider bids from Saudi Arabia, even when he was being offered crazy money. He was only focused on Real Madrid, only wanting to play for Real Madrid, and now the time is coming.

Still, it’s also important to say that Mbappe really wanted to enjoy the moment with the PSG fans, their ‘Ultras’, who prepared a special tifo for the player, and he also received a standing ovation, so it was a nice moment.

Despite so much being written about Mbappe, he’s always been super professional at PSG, even if it’s not always easy leaving as a free agent. But he never created any problems, and he was really nice and classy when I met him on the pitch, where he was also keen to talk with everybody, instead of just heading down…

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