Paris Saint-Germain starlet Kylian Mbappe remained tight-lipped about his future, following his sensational display against Barcelona on Tuesday night.
The Ligue 1 side went into their Champions League, last-16, first-leg tie at the Nou Camp without both Angel Di Maria and former Barcelona man Neymar, yet ultimately neither player was missed as their young superstar stole the show.
Despite falling behind early to a Lionel Messi penalty, Mauricio Pochettino’s side quickly struck back through a well-worked equaliser, Mbappe demonstrating his remarkable quick feet in the box before firing past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
The French side had been the better team and took the lead in the second half, Mbappe firing home from close range, before Everton loanee Moise Kean added a third with a good header soon after.
The visitors then potentially killed off the tie with five minutes to go, the World Cup winner rounding off his hat-trick with a sublime curled finish, making it 40 goal contributions in just 41 Champions League games for the 22-year-old.
That display comes amid continued speculation regarding his future with the former Monaco man yet to sign a new contract at the Parc des Princes, his current deal currently set to expire in 2022.
The forward has long been linked with a move to Real Madrid, yet the La Liga side’s financial troubles have made any move this summer unlikely, whilst the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City have previously been linked with bringing the star to the Premier League.
Mbappe discussed his future and reiterated his happiness at PSG following a stunning performance in Catalonia, but remained somewhat coy about the situation, admitting that his future wouldn’t be decided by a ‘single match’.
“We are very happy,” Mbappe told RMC Sport.
“It was a very important match for us. We wanted to come here and win, and we did it in style.
“Tonight, it is magnificent but we have not won anything yet. I am happy. I always want to give the best of myself. I have not always had that success. But never in my life will I hide.
“Today, my hard work is paying off … We are feeling better and better physically [after our Covid-19 outbreak].
“It would be stupid to decide my future on a single match. The truth is that it is about reflecting for the long term. I have always said that I am happy here. This sort of match makes me even happier. … The PSG shirt is one that I hold dear to my heart.”