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Kylian Mbappe: PSG will realise Champions League dream

07 September, 2017, 01:36 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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France teenage forward Kylian Mbappe acknowledged on Wednesday that he had meant to stay at Monaco this football season, but something happened there that led him to change his mind and join Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) instead.

"I discussed it in depth with my family and I took the decision to join PSG", said Mbappe, who comes from the Paris suburbs.

"For me, the price is what it is, it's not going to change my way of playing and it's not something that's going to worry me", he said.

"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".

"And win right away".

Mbappe acknowledged that the chance to form a partnership with the Brazilian striker was an incentive, but had not been a deciding factor in the decision to make the move.

"He is an additional advantage", said Mbappe.

PSG will complete a permanent deal for Mbappe in 12 month in a deal worth about 180 million euros ($A269 million), making him the world's second-most expensive player. "It was important to return to the city where I grew up".

Mbappe scored 15 goals in 29 Ligue 1 appearances for Monaco as they clinched the title in 2016-17, and he was named the division's Young Player of the Year.

He revealed on several occasions that he initially planned to stay another season with Monaco. Certain events changed my mind.

Subsequently, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Arsenal and PSG all battled over the summer for his signature.

He said: "An idea has been reinforced since I was a kid - not just because I went to Chelsea".

"I've spoken to the coach, he told me I can play in several positions in attack and that there can be a lot of rotation".

'We played against Charlton, I think, and we won maybe seven or eight nil, ' Mbappe recalls.

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