Mbappe, who scored two and set up two last weekend against Lorient, struck both sides of the interval, just like Neymar, to take his league season tally to 20 and put PSG on 71 points from 31 games.

He did not start the match as captain but led superbly from the front nonetheless by scoring a hat-trick. Neymar also netted a trio of goals, while Lionel Messi provided three assists.

Mbappe has been the subject of persistent speculation in recent weeks and months as his PSG contract is set to expire in June. The 23-year-old had been widely expected to move to Real Madrid

Last week L'Equipe reported that the PSG board had proposed the idea of making Mbappe the team's captain in an attempt to convince him to sign a new contract.

Speaking on the eve of Saturday's game with Clermont, PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino said he might give Mbappe the armband,