Kylian Mbappe is staying at Paris Saint-Germain and will now refocus on winning the Champions League.
Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe 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 competition’s knockout stages in the past ten 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.
Mbappe could have subsequently departed for Madrid, but he stayed in Paris.
And wants to be part of the team that finally delivers the trophy.
Mbappe told BFM TV:
“The Champions League with PSG is a clear goal.
“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.”
Mbappe has individual achievements in his sights, 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.”
Mbappe was typically prolific in 2021-22, scoring 28 Ligue 1 goals.
With only Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski (35), beating that total in Europe’s top five leagues.
Former Monaco forward also added 17 assists, putting him well clear with 45 goal involvements – a return that shows why Madrid was so keen to have him.
PSG needs to avoid the same mistakes they did against Real Madrid in the round of 16 last season.
They should assert their dominance throughout the whole Champions League next season.
However, reports indicate that PSG’s higher-ups were interfering in Pochettino’s team selection.
If they want to win the Champions League, just let the manager do his job.
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