Kylian Mbappe breaks silence on failed Real Madrid transfer and how Chelsea trial set him up – Football.London

Previous Chelsea target Kylian Mbappe has opened up on his failed summer transfer to Real Madrid.

Mbappe, 22, is able to sign a pre-contract agreement with another club in January after Florentino Perez had numerous bids which eventually reached £197million turned down by the PSG hierarchy in the latter stages of the most recent summer transfer window.

Speaking to French radio station RMC Sport via SkySports, Mbappe said: “I asked to leave. Because at the moment that I did not want to extend my contract I wanted the club to have a transfer fee to get a replacement of quality.

“It (PSG) is a club that has brought me a lot. I have always been happy, the four years I have spent here, and I still am.

“I wanted everyone to come out of this stronger, that we leave hand in hand, to make a good deal and I respected that.

“I said, ‘If you don’t want me to go I will stay’.”

It is expected that the World Cup winner does move on from his beloved France next summer and it seems that Carlo Ancelotti’s side are still strong favourites to land the soon-to-be free agent.

Interestingly, the 22-year-old can partially thank Chelsea for his meteoric rise to stardom as they were one of the first club’s to offer Mbappe a trial when he was only 11 years old.



Kylian Mbappe may leave PSG for Real Madrid before the end of the transfer window
Kylian Mbappe may leave PSG for Real Madrid next summer

“It was a wonderful experience,” Mbappe recalled in an interview with The Telegraph four years ago. “Chelsea was the first great club, the first big club, that I went to visit. So it was a real discovery for me.

“I was coming from my grassroots, amateur club. It was a whole new world. Of course, I had an idea what a great football club was like but I was really impressed by the working culture and the mentality of wanting to be better day-in, day-out.”

He added: “Visiting this infrastructure helped me, actually, with my development.

“I saw things differently because up until then I had just a French mentality. After that, I could pick what was positive in other mentalities and build my own.”

Unfortunately, from the west Londoners’ perspective, the PSG striker will be viewed as the one that got away but Mbappe himself will remember the Blues for all the right reasons after his trials which he holds only fond memories of.

football.london understands that Marina Granovskaia’s priorities in the next transfer windows lie within signing a defender and a central midfielder, therefore eluding to the fact that as it stands, it is highly unlikely that the Chelsea hierarchy enter the race for the £200million rated versatile player.

This is despite current manager of the European Champions Thomas Tuchel having a good relationship with the Real Madrid target himself from the time when he was in charge of the ruthless PSG.

“He’s a shark, in his mentality,” the Chelsea head coach, who worked with Mbappe for two seasons at PSG, told BT Sport earlier this year. “He wants to grab everything that he can have. This is the mentality that you need.

“And I mean it in a positive way because he’s a nice guy in private and in person, super nice guy, super intelligent, super funny.

“But once he’s on the pitch he’s a shark and that’s what the best guys are. If you drop one drop of blood in the water they arrive. This is Kylian.”

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