Kylian Mbappe says he has played last Champions League game for PSG… this season

Kylian Mbappe refused to confirm whether he had played his last Champions League tie at Paris Saint-Germain after their semi-final second leg defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

Mbappe announced in February that he would be leaving PSG on a free transfer when his contract expires in the summer.

Real Madrid are the firm favourites to sign him but no details of Mbappe’s destination have yet been confirmed.

The 25-year-old striker helped PSG win another Ligue 1 title this season and still has the French Cup final to play against Lyon on May 25, where victory would earn him an 11th domestic major trophy.

But European success has proved elusive, with Tuesday’s 1-0 loss to Dortmund – sealing a 2-0 aggregate defeat – ensuring he never realised the club’s dream of winning the Champions League.

When asked whether he had played his last European game for PSG, he replied: “This season, that’s sure, it would have to be.

“Of course we are disappointed, we wanted to qualify for the final. In the Champions League you have to be effective in two areas, and on this point they were better than us so there you go.

“We are disappointed for the supporters, for those close to us, but that’s how it is. It’s a long process, but we showed through this season that we were capable of going far. I think the club is not far away.

“We had the ingredients to win, but as I said, in a Champions League match, it is necessary to be efficient in the box. We were not efficient in the two games.”

Mbappe – who rolled his eyes when asked by a reporter whether he would be supporting Real Madrid in their decider against Bayern Munich tomorrow – denied that PSG had been complacent in their preparations to face Dortmund, the least fancied side left in the competition.

“No way. If we don’t convince ourselves that we can win, who will do it for us?” he said. “Nobody. I don’t think that’s the problem, the group was calm like it has been since the start of the season.

“But everything is not to be thrown away, there are still goals, a Coupe de France final. We will continue to work and try to win it.”

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi gave his backing to coach Luis Enrique, despite PSG falling short again in Europe’s top competition.

Asked by media if there was now doubts over the Spaniard’s future, he said: “Are you serious with that question? Do you not understand football?

“Our goal was really to go to the final, even further, but we are proud. We had the youngest team in Europe, we made three semi-finals in five years, even if our goal does not stop there.”



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