Kylian Mbappe reveals just how close he came to joining Arsenal

Date published: Saturday 16th June 2018 11:28 - Robert McCarthy

PSG and France striker Kylian Mbappe has revealed just how close he came to joining Arsenal last summer.

The 19-year-old was strongly linked with a move to the Gunners in the summer of 2017, but opted to head for Paris instead.

He joined the Ligue 1 champions on an initial season-long loan from Monaco and will complete a permanent transfer worth around £166million after the World Cup.

Speaking on Canal+ show Au Tableau, Mbappe spoke about how he met with then-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, admitting a move to north London was a “real option”.

He said: “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.

“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 [to PSG] in order to develop.

“I dream of being managed by Arsene Wenger. He is French, he’s had a great career and now he is free because he has left Arsenal.”


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