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Mbappe says change of heart triggered PSG move

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Wenger Reveals Just How Close Arsenal Were To Signing Mbappe Posted by Daniel Jenkins

Wenger Reveals Just How Close Arsenal Were To Signing Mbappe

On Wednesday, Kylian Mbappe was finally unveiled at PSG.

The 18-year-old France global spoke for the first time as a PSG player since his transfer went through last week and revealed his initial intentions to remain with Monaco, as well as explaining his decision to turn down a move away from Ligue 1.

Mbappé took time to thank his lawyers who he claimed "went out of their way for a good cause" making reference to the arrangement between both Ligue 1 clubs leading to his loan deal with PSG. But, of course, Paris Saint-Germain was the main option. "I have a lot to learn and a lot to prove".

The French worldwide was booed by his old fans while he sat on the bench during Ligue 1 champions Monaco's 6-1 thrashing of Marseille, their last game before Mbappe left for title rivals PSG.

"I will speak about it very soon and say everything that happened. But some things happened". I already have a team-mate who can win it.

Wenger Reveals Just How Close Arsenal Were To Signing Mbappe Posted by Daniel Jenkins
Wenger Reveals Just How Close Arsenal Were To Signing Mbappe Posted by Daniel Jenkins

'I have talked with Kylian and we have talked about that, how we want him to play, but always thinking of the team first'.

The Arsenal chief said: "Well, I believe that we were on the case past year".

But interest from Real Madrid, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Liverpool amongst others could not shake Mbappe's determination to do things his way and he chose Monaco at the age of 15. It gives PSG unprecedented status as owning the world's two most expensive players, with Neymar bought from Barcelona for a world record 222 million euros ($262 million). "It's extraordinary to play with someone of that level".

Mbappe is expected to make his PSG debut at Metz on Friday.

And Mbappe insists it will be an honour to learn from him.

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