Real Madrid and Barcelona target Kylian Mbappe hints at a move away from PSG

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Kylian Mbappe has hinted he could seek a move away from Paris Saint-Germain.

Mbappe was named at Sunday night’s UNFP (French Professional footballers Association) Awards as Ligue 1’s player of the season – but, during his acceptance speech, he said he wanted to be given “more responsibility”, either at PSG or “elsewhere with a new project”.

L’Equipe published a transcript of his speech online in which Mbappe said: “It’s a very important moment for me, I come to a turning point in my career.

“I have discovered a lot here, and I feel it is maybe the moment to have more responsibility.

“I hope that can perhaps be at Paris Saint-Germain, that would be a great pleasure. Or maybe elsewhere with a new project.”

Mbappe was named player of the year after scoring 40 goals in all competitions, including 32 in 28 league games. He also scooped the young player of the year prize for a record third year in succession.

He said after winning the main award: “It’s truly a pleasure, the only trophy I was missing! I am very happy.

“I want to first dedicate this to president Nasser (Al Khelaifi). He has always been honest with me since the first day I arrived so I want to thank him. I want to thank everyone here who contributed to this championship.

“It is now my fourth year in this league. I have seen a lot of things which have been rich in emotion.

“Firstly with Monaco where I was formed, we won the title. Then a totally different project with Paris Saint-Germain where I succeeded in adapting my game in my first year and changing position this year.”

After the eye-catching remarks about his PSG future, Mbappe concluded: “But I want to say to you, ‘Thank you’.”

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Veteran Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says he has been offered a one-year contract extension with Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.

The now 41-year-old moved to the French giants last summer after ending his 17-year stay with Juventus and signed a 12-month deal at PSG with the option for a further year.

Buffon, who won 176 caps for Italy, told Sky Uno: “The club have offered me an extension, which makes me really happy and fulfils me.

“We will meet in a few days to review this project and see if it is good to continue together.”

This season Buffon has made 24 appearances for Thomas Tuchel’s side as he has shared the goalkeeping responsibilities with Frenchman Alphonse Areola.

He added: “It’s going well in Paris. I have exceptional life experience at 41-years-old.

“I arrived convinced I would be involved as a player and as a person, and I found what I came for.”

Buffon ended his long stay with Juve last summer and became a free agent having won nine Serie A titles with the club.

His 176 appearances for Italy make him the most-capped European player of all time and he helped the Azzurri win the 2006 World Cup.

He has won 26 major trophies across his 24-year career, as well as playing in three Champions League finals with Juve.

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PSG fluff lines again as another chance to wrap up Ligue 1 title goes begging v Nantes

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PSG slumped to another shock defeat.

Paris St Germain missed another chance to wrap up the Ligue 1 title after a surprise 3-2 defeat at Nantes.

Dani Alves’ wonderful opener was cancelled out by defender Diego’s brace and Abdul Majeed Waris’ strike as Nantes took control. Metehan Guclu then scored a late consolation.

PSG remain 17 points clear at the top of the table and host Monaco on Sunday.

Boss Thomas Tuchel rejected suggestions the club were in crisis after the 5-1 thrashing against Lille and they were on course for the title when Alves brilliantly opened the scoring in the 19th minute.

The defender collected the ball 30 yards out and unleashed a swerving strike which dipped into the top corner.

But the visitors’ lead was short-lived when Diego levelled just three minutes later.

Poor defending allowed the centre-back to power in a header from captain Valentin Rongier’s corner.

Waris made it 2-1 a minute before half-time when he tapped in at the far post following good work from Kalifa Coulibaly and Samuel Moutoussamy.

Diego then grabbed his second seven minutes after the re-start, fortuitously scrambling in from a corner.

Eric Choupo-Moting hit the post for PSG before Guclu pulled a goal back with a minute left.

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