Kylian Mbappe sees UEFA Champions League glory as his future but remains content at PSG


The Champions League is the ultimate prize for Kylian Mbappe, but the superstar forward is not seeking a move away from Paris Saint-Germain.

Kylian Mbappe reiterated his commitment to Paris Saint-Germain, though he is set on winning the UEFA Champions League.

Mbappe became PSG’s record goalscorer when he sealed a 4-2 win over Nantes on Saturday.

The 24-year-old surpassed Edinson Cavani’s tally of 200 points for the club when he slotted home in stoppage time. Mbappe needed just 247 games to reach 201 goals – Cavani’s 200 strikes came in 301 games.

After winning the 2018 World Cup with France and five Ligue 1 titles, the Champions League has eluded Mbappe, who has a runner-up medal from the 2020 final when PSG lost to Bayern Munich.

Bayern stand in the way of PSG’s progress this season, with the Bundesliga giants holding a 1-0 lead heading into the second leg of their last-16 clash on Wednesday.

While Mbappe considers himself an eventual Champions League winner, he rejected the suggestion that Wednesday’s result will have a direct impact on his PSG future.

“I don’t think so,” he said at a news conference.

“I think when I read my future, it’s [winning] the Champions League and I’m not disrespecting the club. I’ve come a long way.

“I’m here, I’m very happy. I’m very happy here and at the moment I’m thinking of nothing else but making Paris Saint-Germain happy.”

Mbappe is now solely focused on getting PSG to a result in Munich. He returned from injury in the first leg and saw the equalizer disallowed for offside.

“It’s a good moment for me [becoming PSG’s top scorer], but it’s a good moment for the team to win three in a row after losing to Bayern and that’s the most important thing,” he added.

“Of course I’m happy, it’s important for the team. But the most important thing is that the team has come together and is ready for Wednesday’s challenge in Munich.

“[Can I give my] 204th, 205th place? We don’t know. Yes, as I said, the goal is clear, we want to qualify there. We have a lot of confidence and also humility because we play a great team.

“But we are Paris Saint-Germain and we always go to win games and we will go to Munich to win, to qualify, to come back happy.”

PSG coach Christophe Galtier, meanwhile, is honored to coach Mbappe.

“It’s already a privilege to experience it, live, in real time. It’s a privilege for a coach to have a player like Kylian, who in my eyes is the best striker in the world,” Galtier told reporters.

“Our fans, but also people who love French football, must appreciate the value of such a player in our league.

“He’s determined to break a lot of records, make sure the team wins and make the team go as far as possible.

“It’s a privilege for me to witness it. It’s a privilege for Paris Saint-Germain to have a striker like Kylian. You have to appreciate it for what it is.”

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