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Paris Saint-Germain's French forward Kylian Mbappe controls the ball during the Uefa Champions League round of 16 first leg football match against Real Sociedad at the Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris, on February 14. Image Credit: AFP

Paris: Kylian Mbappe has told Paris Saint-Germain he will leave the club at the end of the season, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because Mbappe hasn’t made his decision public yet, said the French forward informed PSG President Nasser Al Khelaifi on Thursday that he would not stay at the club when his contract expires.

The person said Mbappe — widely considered one of the best players in the world — did not tell the president which club he will join next.

Mbappe, who has consistently been linked with a move to Real Madrid, will be a free agent at the end of the campaign after seven years with PSG.

The France international informed the club last year that he would not trigger an extension to the contract he signed in 2021.

Madrid probable destination

While Madrid seems like the most probable destination for Mbappe, his departure from PSG is likely to spark interest from a host of other clubs eager to sign the former World Cup winner and a possible bidding war.

Mbappe has been at PSG since 2017 after signing from Monaco in a transfer worth a reported $190 million.

In 2021, PSG turned down a bid of $190 million from Real Madrid for the World Cup-winning forward, who went on to sign his current contract.

Mbappe will be the latest superstar player to leave the French club in recent times following the departures of Lionel Messi and Neymar last year.

Mbappe won five French league titles with PSG, but has so far failed to lead it to success in the Champions League.