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Kylian Mbappe confirms exit from Paris Saint-Germain

French soccer superstar Kylian Mbappe has confirmed his departure from Paris Saint-Germain after this season, opening the door for his expected move to join Real Madrid.

PSG play on Sunday against Toulouse, Mbappe's last appearance in front of his home crowd, and will finish with a French Cup final on May 15 against Lyon.

Mbappe posted his farewell thoughts via Instagram, saying in part that he would not be staying beyond this season.

"Hi everyone, it's Kylian. I wanted to speak to you," Mbappe told fans. "I've always said that I would speak with you when the time comes and so I wanted to announce to you all that it's my last year at Paris Saint-Germain. ...

"It's a lot of emotions, many years where I had the chance and the great honour to be a member of the biggest French club, one of the best in the world which allowed me to arrive here, to have my first experience in a club with a lot of pressure, to grow as a player of course, by being alongside some of the best in history, some of the greatest champions, to meet a lot of people, to grow as a man as well with all the glory and the mistakes I've made."

Mbappe made sure to mention his belief that PSG remain a formidable club.

"Despite everything that can happen on the outside, all this media hype that surrounds the club sometimes, there are some real club lovers who want to protect it and make it shine, and it's great, and I know that with all these people, this club is in great hands.

"It's hard, and I never thought it would be this difficult to announce that, to leave my country, France, the Ligue 1, a championship I have always known. But I think I needed this, a new challenge, after seven years."

Multiple reports have said Mbappe will land at Real Madrid,, with the Frenchman having long talked about how the Spanish club was his favourite when he was young.

Mbappe helped France win the 2018 World Cup and returned to record a hat-trick in a 2022 World Cup final loss to Argentina.

He has amassed a PSG-record 255 goals in 306 matches, taking six Ligue 1 championships along the way and, with 26 goals this season, is likely to win the Ligue 1 Golden Boot for a sixth consecutive season.