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Kylian Mbappe, the captain of France and a star player for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), might play against his old team Monaco for the last time this Friday. This depends on if coach Luis Enrique decides to put him in the game. Recently, Mbappe told PSG, a club owned by Qatar, that he plans to leave when his contract ends in June. Since then, his guaranteed spot in the lineup isn’t so sure anymore. After seven years with PSG, he’s likely to move to Real Madrid next.

After Mbappe shared his plans to leave, Enrique didn’t start him in the next match against Nantes. However, Mbappé did play later and scored a penalty, helping PSG win 2-0. Last week, against Rennes, Mbappé started the game and even wore the captain’s band because Marquinhos was out. But, he was taken out of the game after 65 minutes. At that time, PSG was losing 1-0 but ended up tying the game thanks to a penalty scored by Goncalo Ramos, who came in for Mbappe.

Mbappe has scored 244 goals for PSG, making him the top scorer in the club’s history. He’s been benched very rarely in his 292 games since joining from Monaco in 2017. Usually, he’s only taken out early if he’s hurt or if PSG is already winning. Enrique said that the team needs to get to playing without Mbappé at some point. He stated he will play Mbappe when he wants to, and if he doesn’t want to, he won’t.

PSG is doing well in Ligue 1, leading by 11 points over the second-placed team, Brest, with 11 games left. Because they’re in a strong position, they might rest Mbappé in the Monaco game. This is especially possible since PSG has a big game against Real Sociedad in the Champions League coming up. They’re ahead 2-0 and want to make it past the last 16, something they’ve struggled with in the past.

However, Kylian Mbappe probably wants to play against Monaco. It’s where he first became famous and helped the team win the title in 2016/17. Since he’s moving away, he might not get another chance to play at Monaco’s stadium soon.

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The soccer player from Algeria moved to the Lyon team on a temporary basis from West Ham United after the January transfer period ended. Even though there was a delay with the needed paperwork, FIFA allowed the transfer to happen. Since moving, he has quickly proved to be an important player for Lyon.

Recently, this 28-year-old player, who plays on the left side, scored the deciding goal in a game where Lyon beat Metz 2-1. This win is part of their recent success, winning seven out of nine games in their league. In another game this week, he was very noticeable and even hit the goalpost from a corner kick. This effort helped Lyon win against Strasbourg in a penalty shootout, taking them to the semi-finals of the French Cup.

He’s expected to play a big role in the upcoming game against Lens. A victory in this match would help Lyon, a team that had been struggling, to start thinking about qualifying for European competitions again.

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Kylian Mbappe has scored 10 goals in 11 games against Monaco since he started playing for PSG in 2017. PSG hasn’t lost an away game in Ligue 1 for 18 matches (they’ve won 14 and drawn 4) after losing to Monaco 3-1 in February last year. Brest has not lost in 12 Ligue 1 games, which matches their best record of not losing in the top league.

Here are the game schedules (all times in GMT):

  • On Friday, Monaco plays against Paris Saint-Germain at 8:00 PM.
    • On Saturday, Reims faces Lille at 4:00 PM, and Clermont goes up against Marseille at 8:00 PM.
    • On Sunday, Toulouse plays Nice at 12:00 PM. Then, Brest vs. Le Havre, Montpellier vs. Strasbourg, and Nantes vs. Metz all start at 2:00 PM. Rennes vs. Lorient is at 4:05 PM, and Lyon vs. Lens is at 7:45 PM.

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