It’s been a few days since transfer deadline day and the dust is starting to settle on one of the biggest shocks of the summer window.
Kylian Mbappe – the 18-year-old striker who burst onto the scene last season with Monaco – joined the club’s bitter Ligue 1 rivals Paris Saint-Germain on a season-long loan deal which will be made permanent next summer.
The France international was heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, Manchester City and Arsenal over the summer, but opted to move to PSG to join Neymar and Edinson Cavani in a front three that will terrorise the French top-flight.
As transfer speculation continued over the summer and into the new season, the teenager was left out of Monaco’s opening games of the new campaign against Dijon and Metz, while he was an unused substitute in the recent 6-1 demolition of Marseille.
Following his move, Mbappe took to Twitter on Monday to clarify some of the “false information” that was spread during the saga.
He wrote: “Dear Monaco fans.
“I just wanted to thank you for all the love you’ve shown me during our time together.
“Never have I been afforded such affection, support and strength.
“I know some of you don’t understand my choice and a feeling of anger has been born inside you – I understand.
“I also understand the boos during our last game, because false information has circulation throughout the “Mbappe Saga”.
“I haven’t changed, my entourage hasn’t changed, our values have stayed the same: humility, simplicity, respect.
“One thing is for certain: you can be angry, hate me or even boo me but you can never stop me from loving you because that is the truth – I love you”.
He then added: “AS Monaco – if I am where I am, it’s thanks to you.
“You, my teammates who pushed me every day to reach your same talent ceiling, thank you.
“Thank you to the staff who helped me progress and reach certain objectives.
“Thank you Vadim [Vasilyev], a great President but an even greater man.
“Sport measures humanity in millimetres and hundredths of seconds.
“Mr President, I thank you for having listened to me and supported me during (and even before) my professional career.
“You always believed in me, encouraged me, helped me.
“Without you ASM wouldn’t be what it is today – a great football club.
“See you soon.”
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