Kylian Mbappe insists he did not reject Pep Guardiola this summer – he turned down Manchester City.
Mbappe joined Paris Saint-Germain on a season-long loan from Monaco after being courted by Europe’s leading clubs for months.
The deal will become permanent at the end of the season for around £160million, and Manchester City were one of the clubs who failed to persuade the striker to leave France.
In an interview with French newspaper L’Equipe, 18-year-old Mbappe explains that the temptation to work with Guardiola was difficult to turn down, but that he rejected City, not the Spaniard.
“He’s really a coach who breathes football,” he said. “He won everywhere and he gives you a passion, he really makes you want to play, think only of the game, because he only speaks to you of the game.
“He does not even imagine what happens next. Coach Emery, too, talks a lot about playing. I love coaches who only talk about playing. Because that’s what concerns us. These two coaches have a passion for football that goes beyond their job. It’s good to work with people like that.
“When I saw him, we talked about tactical patterns, how he would use me. We talked more about it than about my qualities, because I know myself better than anyone. Even Guardiola cannot tell me what I know.”
“I did not say no to Guardiola, I said no to Manchester City.”