Mbappe’s message to parents in private phone call before Champions League final

All eyes were on Kylian Mbappe as he led Paris Saint-Germain into their first ever Champions League final.

The 21-year-old has emerged as a symbol of the Parisian giants and their quest for European glory since his €180 million move from Monaco in 2018.

But, according to French TV channel RTL, he was in a relaxed and calm mood ahead of the biggest game of his club career so far.

They said he called his parents, who have stayed in Paris to watch the game which will take place behind closed doors in Lisbon.

Mbappe is said to have expressed his “huge desire” to play in the final and stated that he “can only see positives” from playing in the biggest game in club football.

Speaking ahead of the game at his pre-match press conference, Mbappe highlighted how winning the Champions League and making history was the reason he joined the club.

"That is exactly the reason I joined the club," Mbappe said at the pre-match press conference.

"I always said I wanted to write the history of French football. I have another opportunity to do that tomorrow.

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"Since I joined in 2017 we have experienced a number of disappointments, now we're in the final and that showed I didn't give up and nor did we give up as a team.

"It would be a real reward if we could win the competition with a French side. That was my mission when I joined.

"It's still the greatest club competition," Mbappe added. "Of course, it's bizarre to play behind closed doors.

"We'd have liked our fans to be here, we know they'll be cheering us on wherever they are but it's still the Champions League, you can see the tempo of game.

"It is behind closed doors but still a great atmosphere inside the stadium.

"You can really feel it; everyone wants to win the competition. It's a unique format but one we'll remember. We've been struck by a tragedy. This competition will go down in history."

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