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Man City out of Mbappe race

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: Kylian Mbappe of AS Monaco celebrates as he scores their second goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Manchester City FC and AS Monaco at Etihad Stadium on February 21, 2017 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Man City have admitted they are “out of the race” to sign Kylian Mbappe from Monaco.

City were one of a number of top-flight European clubs to have confirmed their interest in the France striker this summer, with PSG and Real Madrid fighting to sign the 18-year-old.

But City director of football Txiki Begiristain conceded the club have ruled themselves out of a deal for the teenager’s signature.

“We are out of the race,” Begiristain said.

“It is impossible to do it with the timing remaining.”