Mbappe key to PSG future after stellar season | Soccer News

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PARIS: Paris St Germain’s Kylian Mbappe started the Ligue 1 season to boos from the Parc des Princes crowd, but his jaw-dropping performances eventually won fans back as the French striker led the club to a 10th record high-level title.
After saying he wanted to leave the club a season before his contract expired, the 23-year-old became the target of supporters’ anger.
Once told he had to stay, however, he never let his disappointment show.
Instead, he was the only flawless player in a season that saw PSG withdraw once again at the start of the Champions League, squandering a 2-0 aggregate lead in just 15 minutes in the last 16 against Real Madrid.
This disappointment left the fans frustrated and angry with the whole team – except for Mbappe, who scored both goals in the draw.
He is the only player to have beaten the Parc des Princes ultras, and he looks set to end the season as the first player to top the charts in both goals and assists.
So far he has scored 22 and set up 14, meaning he has played a direct role in almost 50 per cent of PSG’s league goals, eclipsing both Neymar and Lionel Messi, who have played supporting roles with sometimes poor performances.
Neymar again struggled with injuries and only showed his talent sporadically, while Messi, who joined with much fanfare during the tight season, is yet to fully adapt to a new league and to a new team.
The Argentinian striker scored 13 goals but only netted four in Ligue 1, leaving Mbappe alone in the spotlight.
The attacking trio, hailed as the most formidable front three in Europe before the start of the season, didn’t really click until late in the season.
No one knows if they will do better next term as Mbappe’s contract expires in June.
Talks are ongoing in Doha, where owners Qatar Sport Investment are based, but sporting director Leonardo has said he is unsure if Mbappe will sign a new deal with the club.
“Kylian speaks and says things clearly. I really believe what he says. He thinks deeply,” Leonardo said after Saturday’s 1-1 home draw against RC Lens that won PSG the League title. 1 with four games to go.
“I think he hasn’t made up his mind. He knows what we want, we know what he’s thinking. That’s why I think it’s a question of timing. He thinks deeply to take the best decision.
“(Whether we are next season) with him or without him, it’s true that it changes everything.”
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