Kylian Mbappe reveals he turned down Arsene Wenger to sign for PSG

Sep 07, 2017, 01:55
Kylian Mbappe reveals he turned down Arsene Wenger to sign for PSG

Julian Draxler insists he is ready to challenge both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe for a starting role at Paris Saint-Germain following Arsenal's interest in signing him on transfer deadline day.

The player, who made a total of 44 appearances last season scoring 26 goals in all competitions, was instrumental for Monaco who won the French Ligue 1 title, and also reached the semifinals of the Champions League.

PSG splashed out a world-record fee of 222million euros to bring in Brazil star Neymar from Barcelona over the summer and followed that up with the capture of Kylian Mbappe from Monaco, landing the forward on loan with an obligation to buy for £165m next summer.

"It was important for me to come to Paris in this moment of my life. I am improving and it's great to have signed with such an ambitious club".

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Mbappe said that at the end of last season, he had chose to stay with Monaco, "but certain events happened which made me change my mind".

"Being here is like going back home for me".

"He is an additional advantage", said Mbappe.

"And win right away. I used to come to this stadium when I was a boy to watch games".

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"It will be an extraordinary experience to play with him".

"I had the opportunity to talk with the coach, how he wanted to use me, ' he said".

"We (Monaco) could not understand to the very end whether this deal was really possible as UEFA had questions to PSG about their compliance with financial fair-play", Vasilyev told Russian news agency TASS.

Praising United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward for predicting the market surge, Mourinho told The Times: "I think we were very clever".

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