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Mbappe at PSG to stay after flattening Monaco in title party

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PSG's Kylian Mbappe (right) is challenged by Monaco's Kamil Glik in the French League One soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Monaco at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on Sunday.

AFP, Paris :
Kylian Mbappe committed his future to newly-crowned Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on Sunday after sweeping aside Monaco with a hat-trick in a 3-1 win that also saw the return of superstar strike partner Neymar.
"I'm here, I've signed up to the project," said Mbappe, who has been linked with Real Madrid, to TV station Canal+.
"Good for Real Madrid if there is Zizou (Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane), I will watch their matches as an admirer."
Mbappe took his league tally for the season to 30 following his treble on Sunday, which came just hours after PSG were crowned champions for the sixth time in seven years when closest challengers Lille dropped points.
Their goalless draw at Toulouse left them 16 points behind PSG with only five games to play before kick-off in Paris and allowed the capital club to celebrate the title after missing chances to seal it in their previous three matches.
"I'm happy, the season isn't finished yet, and I want to score more," said Mbappe to Canal+.
The 20-year-old is targeting the domestic double ahead of next week's French Cup final against Rennes after his side crashed out in the last 16 in the Champions League.
"We're disappointed for what happened with Manchester United, but the game goes on," added Mbappe, referring to his team throwing away a 2-0 first-leg lead to the Premier League outfit.
"We obviously expected more from the Champions League but we can't let ourselves be demoralised."
Neymar's return at the start of the second half replacing Layvin Kurzawa is the cherry on the cake for Thomas Tuchel's side, who had been without the Brazilian superstar since January 23 with a right foot injury.
Edinson Cavani also returned to action for injury-ravaged PSG as a second half substitute, having a late strike correctly ruled out for offside, meaning that their famed front three are back together after months apart.
Mbappe has thrived in the absence of his strike partners, and gave his side a 2-0 first-half lead with two neat finishes, the first coming in the 15th minute and the second seven minutes before the break after a beautiful pass from Dani Alves. The World Cup winner then put the three points beyond doubt when he tapped in Alves' low cross nine minutes after the break.
Aleksandr Golovin rolled home a consolation for the away side, who remain in trouble in 16th place and are only four points away from the relegation play-off spot.
"We've not been in the best of form but we played well today. We won again, and that's important," said Tuchel.

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