Kylian Mbappe, now a Paris Saint-Germain player after months and months of speculation, and many Monaco fans are left with a sour taste in their mouth about his departure.
The 18-year-old has addressed his final Monaco appearance, where he was booed while sitting among the substitutes for a 6-1 victory over Marseille. His message, posted on Twitter, is one of appreciation despite the rough ending.
“I just wanted to thank you for all the love you gave me during our time together. Never have I been shown such affection, support, and strength,” Mbappe wrote.
“I know that some of you do not understand my choice and that a feeling of anger grows in you, I understand. I also understand some whistles during our last [game], because false information circulated throughout the ‘soap opera Mbappe.’ I have not changed, my entourage has not changed, our values remain the same: humility, simplicity and respect. One thing is for sure: you can be angry, hate or even whistle but you can never stop me from loving you because the truth is there, I love you.”
The message from Mbappe is starkly different from fellow French youngster and new Barcelona signing Ousmane Dembele who forced his way out of Borussia Dortmund, and Saturday he admitted he made up excuses to miss training in an effort to push club brass to sell him.
Mbappe scored 15 league goals and assisted 11 more in 29 Ligue 1 appearances last season as Monaco marched to the league title. He scored 26 goals across all competitions, with the club also reaching the Champions League semifinals, the semifinals of the Coupe de France, and the finals of the Coupe de la Ligue.