PARIS: France captain Kylian Mbappe has told Paris Saint-Germain that he will quit the club in July as a free agent seven years after joining them.

Mbappe, a member of France’s 2018 World Cup-winning team, signed for PSG from Monaco in 2017 for €180m to become the second most expensive player ever after Brazilian Neymar, who joined the French champions the same year for €222m.

The 25-year-old striker, who helped the capital club win five Ligue 1 titles and three French Cups, is PSG’s all-time leading scorer with 243 goals in 290 appearances.

Last year Mbappe sent a letter to PSG stating that he would not take up the option to extend his contract by a year when it expires in June.

He has long been linked with Real Madrid, reportedly rejecting a €200m offer in 2021. He was again set for a move to the LaLiga side in 2022 before announcing a contract extension with PSG before the transfer window opened.

In January, they had given him permission to talk to Al-Hilal, the Saudi Pro League club, having received a €300m offer and sensed that a shift in strategy.