Mbappé subbed off at half-time as PSG held to draw by Monaco


Moreno: Enrique benching Mbappe at halftime is a power move

Alejandro Moreno reacts to PSG manager Luis Enrique benching Kylian Mbappe at halftime in the club's draw with AS Monaco.

Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco played out a 0-0 draw at Stade Louis II on Friday, with PSG forward Kylian Mbappé substituted at half-time.

Mbappé's early exit from the game came just days after PSG boss Luis Enrique said the team need to prepare for life without the France star ahead of his reported departure this summer.

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ESPN reported earlier this month that Mbappé had informed PSG of his intention to leave when his contract expires this summer, and he remains in talks with Real Madrid, who are optimistic of landing the striker.

Enrique told reporters after Friday's match that the decision to take Mbappé off at half-time was not injury related.

Kylian Mbappé grimaces after a tough challenge during the first half of PSG's draw with Monaco.
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PSG moved to 55 points, 12 clear of second-placed Brest, who host Le Havre on Sunday. Monaco, still winless at home this year, remain third with 42 points.

Despite the visitors dominating possession, Monaco came closest to opening the scoring during the first half, with PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma keeping the hosts at bay.

PSG looked more dangerous in the second half, but Bradley Barcola and Vitinha could not find a way past keeper Radoslaw Majecki. PSG next play at Real Sociedad in the second leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie on Tuesday, where they hold a 2-0 lead.

Information from Reuters contributed to this report.