Pepe scores twice for Lille, Lyon seals 3rd in Ligue 1
Lille president Gerard Lopez said last month the 23-year-old Pepe would be sold next season.
“If he goes to a big club with good infrastructure, he will become even better,” Lille coach Christophe Galtier said.
With one round left, Lille kept a six-point lead over Lyon intact.
Lyon will go direct into the group stage if Chelsea, which has already qualified, wins the Europa League final against Arsenal.
“It’s beautiful, we wanted to win the match and finish on a high, we validated our ticket,” said Lyon coach Bruno Genesio, who will be leaving at the end of the season.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas confirmed Genesio will be replaced by Brazil’s Sylvinho. The former Barcelona and Arsenal player had been assisting Brazil coach Tite.
Playing their final home game, Paris Saint-Germain players received their French champion trophy and celebrated their sixth title in seven seasons with a 4-0 win over Dijon.
The World Cup-winning Mbappe completed a brace just after halftime with a chipped ball over goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson to become the first French player to score at least 32 in a season since Philippe Gondet with Nantes in 1966.
SAINT-ETIENNE IN EUROPA LEAGUE
Behind the leading trio, Saint-Etienne secured fourth place and will play in the Europa League after a two-year absence from the second-tier tournament.
Saint-Etienne striker Robert Beric scored twice and Romain Hamouma added a late goal in a buoyant atmosphere at Geoffroy Guichard Stadium as visiting Nice was beaten 3-0.
“It’s a huge step but it’s not over,” Falcao said.
With last-placed Guingamp already guaranteed of going down and 19th-placed Dijon lagging five points behind Monaco, the Principality side needs one more point in Nice next week to be guaranteed of avoiding a relegation playoff.
Runner-up to PSG last term, Monaco went through a calamitous season marked by the sacking and re-hiring of Jardim, who returned after Thierry Henry’s maiden manager experience was a failure.