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Paris Saint-Germain wins Ligue 1 title after stylish rout over Monaco

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Paris St-Germain regained the Ligue 1 title in style after an emphatic 7-1 victory over defending champions Monaco at the Parc des Princes.

The leaders gathered an unassailable 17-point lead over second-placed Monaco to reclaim the French top flight title with 5 games left.

Dani Alves crossed for Giovani Lo Celso in the 14th minute and he tapped home to begin the rout. Edinson Cavani then added a second with a powerful header from Julian Draxler’s cross before Angel Di Maria scored the pick of the goals; with Danijel Subasic advancing from his line, the Argentine winger calmly lobbed the ball over the Monaco goalkeeper.

Lo Celso then nodded in Javier Pastore’s cross to give PSG a 4-0 lead after 27 minutes but Rony Lopes reduced the deficit when he finished at the back post.

Di Maria then steered the ball home after smart play by Pastore and Monaco’s misery was complete when Radamel Falcao put through his own net from a corner before Draxler added a seventh on the counter attack.

PSG has already beaten Monaco 3-0 in the Coupe de France final at the end of last month and this performance was even more emphatic.

Former Barca player Neymar did not appear to be in attendance at the Parc des Princes, but told Brazilian media earlier on Sunday that he is “recovering well” from his foot injury and “feels no pain.”

“I am stepping little by little,” he said. “I cannot walk freely without the shoe, but I am in treatment, I am working out at the gym too.”

Kylian Mbappe: I turned down Manchester City, not Pep Guardiola

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French striker Kylian Mbappe revealed that he turned down a possible move to Manchester City before he left Monaco for Ligue 1 rivals Paris Saint-Germain.

Mbappe, 18, revealed that he met with Guardiola at a time when he was still intent on staying at Monaco and was impressed by the Spaniard’s passion for the game, but he opted against joining forces with the Premier League club rather than the manager.

“When the season finished in May, my idea was to stay. There was not another possibility in my head,” Mbappe told L’Equipe.

“When I met with some coaches, I told them, and they can confirm, that my priority is Monaco. And if Monaco does what I expect, I wouldn’t want to leave. After that, something happened and I changed my position.”

“I didn’t say no to him [Guardiola] but I said no to Manchester City. When I saw him, we talked about tactics, how he could use me. That’s really a coach that feels football.”

“He has won everywhere and transmits a passion to you. I love coaches that just talk about football. He’s like the [PSG] coach [Unai] Emery.”

Over the summer following a successful debut season, Mbappe was targeted by European elite clubs in the likes of Real Madrid, Arsenal and City before joining PSG on an initial loan move that is expected to be made permanent at the end of the season for €180 million.

The France international was expected to head to Real Madrid for much of the window, but instead opted for a loan move to PSG as he believed there would be greater opportunities for valuable minutes on the pitch.

“Here, I can continue to progress and play. What I want is to play, so you go to a club where you can do that,” Mbappe added. “I’m French and I choose a French team. People must be happy to keep a French player in the league.”

Kylian Mbappe to join PSG on loan with option to buy for €155m

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Paris Saint Germain have reached an agreement in principle with Ligue 1 rivals Monaco to loan striker Kylian Mbappe, an agreement which includes a €155m purchase option.

PSG had been negotiating with Monaco and UEFA over the past week as all parties try to reach a deal that would not contravene financial fair play rules after they signed Neymar from Barcelona for €222m (£198m) earlier this summer, with a deal concluded on Sunday night with green light from UEFA.

The agreement would see Mbappe joining on an initial loan deal with a purchase clause for the young Frenchman, a clause that could is not attached with any obligation to be fulfilled by next summer.

There is, however, a significant loan fee that PSG has to pay for Mbappe, who had produced a brilliant show consistently for Monaco both in the Champions League and in Ligue 1, as the teenager prepares for his medical in the French Capital later today.

On the other hand, it would mean that Monaco’s roster is once again being thinned after members of their Ligue 1 winning squad in Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Benjamin Mendy all joined Premier League clubs.

UEFA had been clear that its Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules do function and the president, Aleksander Ceferin, said on Friday that it would punish clubs “severely” if they do not comply with the rules.

“I am very serious,” he said last Friday. “We will try to help [the clubs understand the rules]. We will try to advise them on FFP. But if they don’t comply we will punish and we will punish severely.”

“I am not talking about [just] PSG. I am talking about every club in Europe. We are monitoring the situation, the transfer window is not closed yet. Trust me, we’re working on it.”

FFP was introduced by UEFA seven years ago to stop clubs involved in European competition from spending more than they earn, with the core principle that beyond a small loss currently set at €5m over three years, clubs’ outgoings must match their incomings.

Gareth Bale: Welsh forward told he is future of Real Madrid

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Gareth Bale has been assured that he is the future of Real Madrid and they will not try to buy Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe until next summer.

Bale has acknowledged that he is content about his situation at Real and have signed a contract extension last autumn.

However, despite the contractual agreement that ends in 2022 that also made Bale become one of the the world’s highest-paid players, Real have expressed a firm interest in Monaco youngster Mbappe throughout the summer.

Still, Los Blancos just stopped short of going all-out by informing Bale that they are unlikely to attempt to buy the 18-year-old striker in the near future.

Real’s move, however temporary would assure Bale’s status as one of Real’s prime assets and, with Cristiano Ronaldo turning 33 in February, the European champions view the Welshman as having a long‑term future in Zinedine Zidane’s side.

There had been many an obstacle against Bale’s flourishing at Real. Despite a fruitful debuting season in Spain, the former Tottenham star had been limited to rare appearances as injuries plagued his playtime, with another injury scare occurring last Tuesday after he was forced out of Tuesday’s training session with an ankle complaint.

Zidane had since provided assurance, one week ahead of Real’s UEFA Super Cup clash with Manchester United, that Bale has been showing encouraging signs both in terms of fitness and form during pre-season.

“He looks good to me, little by little,” he told a news conference. “He’s had a long injury, (but) the pre-season has been very good since the beginning. I’m not worried about his performance, because the whole team has had good moments and not as good moments.”