At his presentation as a new PSG signing, the youngster confirmed he snubbed a move to Emirates.

Kylian Mbappe was a top target for Arsenal, who missed out on Champions League qualification after finishing fifth just below Liverpool last season in the Premier League.




The 18-year-old revealed that a move to the Emirates was never on the cards as he preferred to stay in France.

“Yes, I met with Arsene Wenger, who is a great coach,” Mbappe said.

“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. 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.

“It also had to be a long-term decision. So it was up to me and I decided to come here in order to develop.”




Mbappe, eallier in his career had a trial at Chelsea and was able to meet fellow Francophone players Drogba and Malouda.

“It was a wonderful experience. Chelsea was the first great club, the first big club, that I went to visit. So it was a real discovery for me,” Mbappe continued.

“I was coming from my grass roots, amateur club. It was a whole new world.

“Of course I had an idea what a great football club was like but I was really impressed by the working culture and the mentality of wanting to be better day-in, day-out and visiting this infrastructure helped me, actually, with my development.

“I saw things differently because up until then I had just a French mentality and after that I could pick what was positive in other mentalities and build my own.

“I got to meet some of the first-team players – Drogba, Malouda, the French-speaking ones and took some pictures with them.




“An idea has been reinforced since I was a kid, not just because I went to Chelsea. I always thought: ‘I want to be there, I want to be one of those big players who is trying to give people fun out of the game.”

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