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Paris St Germain head coach Luis Enrique hailed the outgoing Kylian Mbappe as a “club legend” after the World Cup winner confirmed his intention to leave the French capital this summer.

Out of contract in June, Mbappe announced on Friday he was not seeking a new deal and, while he has been widely linked with Real Madrid, the forward has not revealed which club he will be joining.

Mbappe, who has scored a club record 255 goals, including 43 in this campaign, also declared his last match for his current employers would be Sunday’s Ligue 1 clash against Toulouse.

Mbappe’s announcement came in the same week PSG were knocked out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage by Borussia Dortmund, but Enrique bears no grudges toward the 25-year-old forward.

“All I can say is marvellous things about Kylian Mbappe as a footballer and a person,” Enrique told a press conference. “I have been proud to have him in this team.

“He has helped us and is a leader and he has done it with a smile on his face. I can understand his decision. He has been here for seven years and is a club legend.

“He has given everything to this club and this club has given him everything as well. PSG will continue to be a great team and we will get even better.

“We will bring in players with a strong mentality and players who identify with the club to contribute.”

Paris St Germain head coach Luis Enrique
Paris St Germain head coach Luis Enrique (PA Wire via DPA).

PSG have already wrapped up the league title with three matches still to spare, while they take on Lyon in the Coupe de France final later this month as they go in search of a domestic double.

Glory in Europe’s elite club competition continues to elude them, though, and Enrique admitted he has found it difficult to raise spirits following their 2-0 aggregate defeat to Dortmund.

“We are still hurting,” said Enrique, who will be without Presnel Kimpembe, Sergio Rico and Lucas Hernandez for the visit of Toulouse. “It still hurts because we had put so much hope into reaching the Champions League final.

“It was a big blow for everyone, for the supporters of course at the end of it, you feel that you gave 100 per cent.

“We put everything out there on the pitch and the results did not reflect that. We accept that and move on.”