Mbappe admits Arsenal talks, but explains why he chose PSG

Date published: Thursday 7th September 2017 8:15

Kylian Mbappe has revealed he turned down Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to sign for boyhood club Paris St Germain.

The 18-year-old France international striker, who was on Wednesday unveiled as a PSG player, rebuffed all other interest to return to the French capital.

Mbappe grew up in Paris and completed his footballing education with Monaco before joining the Parc des Princes club on loan, with a deal in place for him to make the move permanent next summer for a reported fee of 180million euros (£166m).

Mbappe admitted to Arsenal’s interest, telling the Daily Telegraph: “Yes, I met with Arsene Wenger, who is a great coach.

“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 St Germain was the main option.”

Mbappe opted to work under coach Unai Emery in a front line also featuring fellow summer signing Neymar.

Mbappe added: “When I first started meeting with clubs I told them my first priority was Monaco. Then something happened that changed my mind and then I wanted to leave.

“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.

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