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Official: Kylian Mbappe announces PSG exit



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It may have already been known for a while, but Kylian Mbappe has officially announced that he will be leaving PSG at the end of the season, taking a step closer towards Real Madrid.

Mbappe, 25, has been a top target for Los Blancos for years now and a move for the Frenchman has been explored in the past with no success.

However, the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner’s contract expires at the end of the season and earlier this year, he informed PSG that he would not renew his deal.

An official announcement had not been made by the player or the club until now. But, following their exit from the UEFA Champions League earlier this week, the superstar has confirmed his decision.

Mbappe made the announcement via a video on his social media profiles, confirming that his journey with Les Parisiens comes to an end in a few weeks and that he will be playing his last home game this Sunday.

Reports of PSG arranging a farewell for Mbappe at Parc des Princes on Sunday had been circulating earlier this week. And with the video, the French superstar has made it official.

It also means that it is only a matter of time before Mbappe’s transfer to Real Madrid is announced.

A contract agreement between the two parties is understood to have been in place for quite some time now, with only the formal announcement of the transfer pending.

It will likely take place after the UEFA Champions League final in which Real Madrid face Borussia Dortmund.

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‘Will have to put my feelings aside’ – Bellingham on facing Borussia Dortmund in UCL final



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It has been a special debut season for Jude Bellingham at Real Madrid.

Since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth €103 million, plus add-ons, last summer, the 20-year-old sensation has become an instant hit at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Despite his form declining a bit in the second half of the season, Bellingham has racked up returns of 23 goals and 12 assists from 41 games in all competitions.

A special game for Bellingham

Having won La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup, Bellingham now has the chance to end the season in the most epic ways possible by lifting the UEFA Champions League, against his former club, in his homeland.

As such, Saturday’s UCL final at Wembley, against Dortmund, is set to be a special one for the young phenom, and he acknowledged as much during an interview today.

“It’s a very special game for me but I’ll have to put feelings aside. It’s been a great season, they’ve made me feel very welcome and I’ve enjoyed playing football with them,” said Bellingham, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

Bellingham faces his former club in the UCL final. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

When asked if he had been in touch with any of his former Dortmund teammates ahead of Saturday’s showpiece event, Bellingham replied:

“I’ve spoken to Sancho, we said we’d meet there. He took me under his wing when I came to Dortmund and that meant a lot to me.”

On how Real Madrid can win the game

Earlier today, Carlo Ancelotti was asked if he had sought any information from Bellingham to prepare a strategy to beat Borussia Dortmund.

The midfielder himself was asked by the media as to how Real Madrid can get past his former club at Wembley this weekend, to which he replied:

“To win we will have to play at our maximum level, if we are at that level it is very difficult for our opponents. The staff are sure to do a great job analysing Dortmund, I trust them 100 per cent.”

Stressing how it is a dream for him to win the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, Bellingham remarked:

“Winning the Champions League is the reason I’m here, I always dreamed of playing for this team, and this team is linked to the Champions League. I want to be a small part of their history.”

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