Lille, France – Kylian Mbappe expressed his profound satisfaction after Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) clinched the French Cup with a 2-1 victory over Lyon, which marked the star forward’s final match with the club. 

The triumph in Lille brought an emotional close to Mbappe’s illustrious seven-year tenure at PSG, punctuated by a record-setting 256 goals in 308 appearances.

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PSG’s victory on Saturday night was secured by goals from Ousmane Dembele and Fabian Ruiz. Despite a late scare when Lyon’s Jake O’Brien reduced the deficit, PSG held on to secure the domestic league and cup double. 

This achievement somewhat mitigated the disappointment of their recent Champions League semi-final exit at the hands of Borussia Dortmund.

Reflecting on his time at PSG, Mbappe spoke to reporters with a mix of pride and nostalgia. “To finish with a trophy in a final, there is no better way. It feels really good, he said. 

“All I wanted was to end things well with my club, with a trophy. I think there is a time for everything, and I will announce my future club soon.

Mbappe’s departure has been the subject of intense speculation, with Real Madrid widely tipped as his next destination. While neither Mbappe nor the Spanish giants have made any official announcements, the 25-year-old hinted that an update is imminent. 

“I think it will be in a few days, so there is no problem, he added. “There are still some details to be sorted out, but the most important thing was to finish on a high here.”

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Mbappe joined PSG from Monaco in August 2017 in a stunning 180-million-euro deal, becoming one of the most expensive transfers in football history. 

During his time with PSG, he won six Ligue 1 titles, four French Cups, and two League Cups. He also played a pivotal role in helping the team reach the Champions League final in 2020, where they narrowly lost to Bayern Munich.

As he bid farewell, Mbappe shared his emotional journey leading up to the final match. With the protocol before a Cup final, you have a lot of waiting around, and so there is a lot of time to think, and the last thing a footballer needs to be doing is thinking, he revealed. 

“You think, and so all the memories start to come back. There is all the nostalgia and the thought that in 90 minutes, it will all be over. It was difficult but great fun at the same time.”

Luis Enrique, PSG’s coach, lauded Mbappe’s contribution to the team and expressed his gratitude for the forward’s dedication and professionalism. “Kylian has been an incredible player for us, not just for his goals but for his leadership on and off the pitch. He leaves a lasting legacy, Enrique stated.

The forward’s departure marks the end of an era for PSG, which is preparing for a future without its talismanic striker. However, Mbappe’s impact on the club and his extraordinary achievements will be remembered fondly by fans and teammates alike.

As Mbappe now joins the French national team to prepare for Euro 2024, the football world eagerly awaits the official announcement of his next move, marking a new chapter in the career of one of the game’s brightest stars.

 

This article was created using automation technology and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our editorial staff members

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