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Mbappe set to be dropped by Paris St Germain

Kylian Mbappe's place in the team is in doubt. Credit: PA

Kylian Mbappe's place in the team is the main focus of attention as Paris St Germain look to wrap up their Champions League last-16 spot against Anderlecht on Tuesday.

The teenage France forward, a summer loan signing from Monaco ahead of a reported 180million-euro (£166m) move next summer, has struggled in his last two Ligue 1 games.

However, he has scored only once in his last six appearances for club and country, leaving his starting place in doubt with reports Angel Di Maria could get the nod.

Coach Unai Emery would not make a definitive statement on the issue at his pre-match press conference, broadcast live on the club's website.

But he said: "Kylian is ready to play every match. Mentally and physically he is doing well.

"I have spoken to him, it's a new experience for him. When you play well, the newspapers and television say you are the best. When you have a poor match, you have to listen to criticism.

"We are talking about a player who started at the highest level last year, it is normal that it is a learning process for him. I have made a general analysis of the 10 games and he is on the right path.

"I have an idea in my head of the future, with PSG as champions and Mbappe as a champion."


RB Leipzig turned down chance to sign Mbappe

Mbappe now plays for PSG. Credit: PA

RB Leipzig turned down the chance to sign Kylian Mbappe in 2015, according to the club's sporting director Ralf Rangnick.

Rangnick claimed they had the Paris St Germain star "as good as signed" after the forward's father offered him to the then-second division club.

However, Rangnick said the deal hinged on him taking over as Leipzig coach, an assurance he could not give.

"We had as good as signed Kylian Mbappe (early in 2015)," Rangnick said in an interview with Bild, as reported by

"The problem was: at the time we had just parted company with (coach) Alexander Zorniger, that was just after the winter break in 2015. At that moment we didn't know who would become our coach and how it would continue.

"Kylian's father said to me, if I could say for certain that I would become the coach, then he would entrust the boy to me immediately. But I couldn't give him that promise in February."

PSG complete signing of Monaco's Mbappe

Mbappe has joined PSG. Credit: PA

Kylian Mbappe has joined Paris St Germain from Monaco, the two clubs have announced.

The 18-year-old France striker moves on an initial season-long loan deal with an option for PSG to buy him outright next summer.

The agreement, which came just hours before France's World Cup qualifier against Holland, brings to an end one of the summer's longest-running transfer sagas.

The deal had been expected as early as Sunday but was held up, seemingly due to negotiations over the terms of the option to buy.

PSG, having already signed Neymar from Barcelona for £200.6m this summer, insisted on the initial loan season so as not to fall foul of UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations.

Monaco were believed to be pushing for an obligation on PSG's part to complete the transfer next summer, in order to have certainty over a reported fee of 180million euros (£166m), but when the deal was announced it was phrased as an option to buy.