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Kylian Mbappe’s potential ‘limited’ by Ligue 1 as reports in France suggest PSG star step aside

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Reports in France have prompted Kylian Mbappe to use his contractual situation to capitalize on a summer move away from PSG, saying Ligue 1 “is limiting its potential”.

Liverpool and Real Madrid have often been linked with a move for the 22-year-old, who could be available in June unless he extends his contract beyond 2022.

His recent form has plunged below expected levels, which seems odd to say given he has scored 16 goals in 23 appearances this season, but his first game against Montpellier this weekend was his first of 2021.

Paris Saint-Germain v Montpellier HSC - Ligue 1
Mbappe shoots against Montpellier | Xavier Laine / Getty Images

An ESPN report explains his recent drop, noting that he shoots less often and loses the ball much more frequently than last season. He speculates that his worrying abandonment is due to his contractual situation weighing on his mind, and this idea is fed by the French store Le Parisien.

However, they take things a step further, insinuating that Mbappe has moved past Ligue 1, where his talents are not properly challenged. They say French football “limits its potential” and that a move to another of the big European leagues might be the only way for it to take things to the next level – although there is no news on the renewed interest in Madrid and Merseyside.

Speaking on his future after scoring twice against Montpellier, Mbappe said: “We are in discussions with the club to try to find a suitable project. If I sign, it would have to be a long-term commitment with Paris Saint-Germain.

“I am very happy here. I have always been very happy. The supporters and the club have always helped me and for that alone I will always be grateful.

“But I want to think about what I want to do in the years to come, where I want to be. That’s what I’m thinking about. ”