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PSG coach opens up about Mbappe’s potential departure to Real Madrid: “Must get used to playing without him”

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Hoping to keep their unbeaten streak alive in the league, PSG hosted seventh-placed Stade Rennais for gameweek 24. After lining up without Kylian Mbappe in the side last weekend against Nantes in the 2-0 win, Luis Enrique decided to use the Frenchman in the lineup today.

Amine Gouiri opened the scoring for the visitors in the 33rd minute, after which Rennais held up a brilliant defence, keeping PSG out for 97 minutes, before Goncalo Ramos converted a penalty right before full-time.

Interestingly enough, the Portuguese did not start the game, though, and instead was brought on in the 65th minute, replacing none other than Mbappe himself.

The World Cup winner had a tough outing today, with no shots on target in 65 minutes, and just one key pass.

Following the thrilling draw, Luis Enrique was asked about his decision to sub off Mbappe, who is PSG’s top-scorer with 21 goals.

“We must get used to playing without Mbappe sooner or later,” Enrique replied, as quoted by MARCA.

This is the first time someone from PSG has even hinted at Mbappe’s decision to leave PSG at the end of the season. Club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, in fact, played down the rumours speaking in a press conference.

“When we have both decided, we will let you know what’s gonna happen with Mbappe,” said Al-Khelaifi when asked about Mbappe’s future earlier this month.

The Frenchman is expected to join Real Madrid at the end of the season on a free transfer, taking a huge pay-cut on his current PSG salary. He will, however, pocket more than €100-120 million in signing bonuses from the Spanish giants.

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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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