Kylian Mbappé Admits He Was Close To Joining Arsenal This Summer

Kylian Mbappé Admits He Was Close To Joining Arsenal This Summer
Sep 7, 2017

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Kylian Mbappé has sensationally revealed that he had indeed met Arsène Wenger over a possible transfer to Arsenal this summer. The 18-year-old’s move to Paris Saint-Germain was confirmed on deadline day and he arrives at the Parc des Princes on a season-long loan, though it’s likely the deal will become permanent next year.

Mbappé, who enjoyed a stunning breakthrough season last campaign, was the subject of interest from many clubs in Europe. The likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool and Manchester City were all linked with the former AS Monaco prodigy. However, a move to rivals PSG was the perfect destination for his demands of long term stay and personal development, the Frenchman believes.

In an interview with the Telegraph this week, Mbappé revealed:

“We weighed up the advantages and disadvantages of all the clubs but my family told me it had to be my decision and one I needed to make,” he said. “It also had to be a long-term decision. So it was up to me and I decided to come here [PSG] in order to develop.”

It could have been very different, though. Amidst links with Arsenal, the Parisian admitted a move to the Emirates was a ‘real option’, with Arsène Wenger also admitting this week the deal could have happened on two occasions in the past two years.

“I met with Arsène Wenger, who is a great coach,” he told Jason Burt. “He has a great reputation here in France, he’s well-respected and knows how to develop young players. This was a real option for me. But, of course, Paris Saint-Germain was the main option.”

Despite all the hype around him, Mbappé firmly maintains that he is unfazed by the glamour and stardom that comes with so much interest and establishes that he only wants to focus on football.

“I have always remained myself and that is why I am where I am today.”

“I am aware of the risk with all the media attention, all the glitz and glamour around football. And that was the only piece of advice my father gave me about my future – to stay myself. I know where I come from.”

Mbappé will become the second most expensive player in history next summer with his new club negotiating a fee around €180m with rivals AS Monaco. His new teammate, Neymar, owns the title as the world’s most expensive star with a title of €222 million.

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