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‘I am very happy to stay in France, in Paris, in my city’

Kylian Mbappe said he was "very happy" to stay at Paris Saint-Germain after the club announced that the World Cup winner was rejecting Real Madrid to remain in France until 2025, reports AFP. PSG however will be starting the new season without sporting director Leonardo, who was dismissed late on Saturday after Mbappe's decision. "I am very happy to stay in France, in Paris, in my city," Mbappe told supporters on the Parc des Princes pitch before he marked his new deal with a hat-trick in PSG's 5-0 win over Metz in their

final Ligue 1 match of the season. Standing next to PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi, Mbappe said: "I hope I'm going to be able to continue to do what I like most -- winning football matches and trophies with all of you." Mbappe's hat-trick on Saturday took his total of league goals for the season to 28 as he finished as Ligue 1's leading scorer for a fourth straight campaign. His decision ends months of speculation

surrounding arguably the hottest property in world football. Real Madrid had pursued Mbappe for months and had reportedly agreed a deal which would have included a signing-on fee of 150 million euros ($158 million).