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Mbappe prepares to say goodbye as PSG exits the Champions League
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Mbappe prepares to say goodbye as PSG exits the Champions League

Kylian Mbappe will play his final game for Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes on Sunday when they host Toulouse in their first appearance since being knocked out of the Champions League.

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PSG’s hunt for elusive European glory will continue for another year after their semi-final collapse against Borussia Dortmund, a 1-0 defeat in Tuesday’s home leg that meant a surprise 2-0 aggregate defeat.

It means Mbappe will not get the send-off he had hoped for in the Champions League final at Wembley on June 1 and will end his seven-year spell at PSG without ever winning Europe’s elite club competition.

Mbappe privately informed PSG in February of his intention to leave when his contract expires at the end of the current season.

However, the 25-year-old has never said as much in public, let alone confirmed where he will be heading next, but it seems certain he is heading to Real Madrid.

In the meantime, Mbappe and his current club will be hoping to end the season on a high, with PSG still able to complete a clean sweep of domestic honours.

They have already secured the Ligue 1 title, their tenth in the last twelve seasons, and will lift the trophy after Sunday’s match against mid-table Toulouse, which will be their final season on home turf.

PSG, who have also won the Champions Trophy, France’s equivalent of a Super Cup, next meet Lyon in the French Cup final in Lille on May 25.

“Not everything has to go in the trash. We still have objectives and there is still a French Cup final to come,” Mbappe told reporters after the defeat in Dortmund.

“We keep working. We will try to win that final and then we will assess how the season went, what was good and what was not so good.”

Mbappe failed to find the net in either match but has scored 43 goals in all competitions this season, including 26 in Ligue 1.

He will still hope to add to his club record of 255 goals for PSG and win another medal in that cup final. Mbappe has won six Ligue 1 titles, three French Cups and the now-defunct League Cup twice in his seven years so far. with his hometown team.

After Sunday’s match, PSG concludes the league campaign with away games at Nice and at relegation-threatened Metz, before Mbappé concludes his career with the club in that cup final.

Player to keep an eye on: Thijs Dallinga

The Dutch striker has built on an impressive first campaign in French football by scoring 18 goals for Toulouse in all competitions this season.

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Dallinga, 23, made his debut for the Netherlands in November and will be hoping for a call-up for the 2024 European Championship. An impressive performance against PSG this weekend will not hurt his chances and could help convince other clubs to approach Toulouse with a bid. during the summer.

Key statistics

6 – Mbappé will end the season as Ligue 1’s top scorer for the sixth consecutive year

6 – Monaco is on the verge of qualifying for the Champions League, ending a six-year absence from the competition

6 – Lorient have suffered six defeats in a row, and a seventh defeat this weekend could be enough to see them relegated

Match schedule (all kick-offs 1900 GMT)

Friday

Brest against Reims, Nice against Le Havre

Sunday

Clermont v Lyon, Marseille v Lorient, Montpellier v Monaco, Nantes v Lille, Paris Saint-Germain v Toulouse, Rennes v Lens, Strasbourg v Metz