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The Paris Saint-Germain star was playing against his old side Monaco when coach Luis Enrique made the shock decision to substitute off his talisman at half-time.

With the scores locked at 0-0 and Mbappe not appearing to be injured, the decision left many baffled – not least the Frenchman himself.

But in bizarre fashion, the striker opted to sit in the stands with his mother at the Stade Louis II instead of with his teammates on the PSG bench.

His mother, Fayza Lamari, is also his agent while Mbappe greeted the fans, took selfies, and signed autographs pitchside as the second-half started before taking his seat in the stands.

The France international also came out of the tunnel on his phone as he opted to leave his teammates behind on the bench.

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The match went on to finish 0-0 with PSG now winless in two matches, though they remain 12 points clear of second-placed Brest.

Mbappe has already told the Ligue 1 champions that he does not intend to sign a new contract, which will expire at the end of the season.

It means that the World Cup winner will depart in the summer for nothing – a huge hit for PSG, who paid Monaco £166million for his services in 2017.

This is not the first awkward episode Mbappe has had with PSG since his decision was made public.

Last week, the forward was booed by his own fans as they drew Rennes, where he was also taken off with PSG losing.

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Enrique was asked about taking off his main man and he revealed it was part of a long-term plan to replace him.

“We have to get used to not playing with Kylian, sooner or later it’s going to happen,” Enrique said last week.

“When I consider it appropriate, he will play or not play, as all coaches do with their players.

“I want maximum competitiveness for next season. I want every starting player in this PSG team to think that this is a great opportunity. That’s what I’m looking for this season and next season.”

Real Madrid look set to sign Mbappe at the end of the season as long-term suitors for his signature.

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It will mean that the 25-year-old looks set to join up with Jude Bellingham, Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo in what could be the most deadly attack in football.

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