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Mbappé: “The Champions League with PSG is a clear goal”

Kylian Mbappé decided to turn down a move to Real Madrid to remain at Paris Saint-Germain and is now determined to deliver the Champions League.

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Kylian Mbappé celebrates scoring against Marseille.
JEAN-PAUL PELISSIERREUTERS

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappé is plotting a path to a first Champions League triumph after committing his future to the club.

The Ligue 1 champions are yet to win Europe’s top prize, despite reaching the knockout stages of the competition in each of the past 10 seasons.

Having finished as runners-up in 2019-20 and made the semi-finals in 2020-21, PSG suffered frustration at an earlier stage in the most recent campaign, letting a two-goal lead slip in the last 16 against eventual winners Real Madrid.

Mbappé could have subsequently departed for Madrid, but he has instead stayed in Paris and wants to be part of the team that finally delivers the trophy.

Mbappé: “We have to be a winner at the national level”

The Champions League with PSG is a clear goal,” Mbappé told BFM TV. “It’s what we want, but there is a path to take.

“First of all, we have to be a winner at the national level, because in the last two years we have not been.”

Mbappé has individual achievements in his sights, too, ranking behind only Edinson Cavani (200) with 171 PSG goals.

Asked about the prospect of passing Cavani, the 23-year-old added: “It can happen, it would be wonderful.”

Mbappé was typically prolific in 2021-22 as he scored 28 Ligue 1 goals, with only Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski (35) beating that total in Europe’s top five leagues.

The former Monaco forward also added 17 assists, putting him well clear with 45 goal involvements – a return that shows why Madrid were so keen to have him.

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