Kylian Mbappé: I didn’t reject Pep Guardiola but I did reject Manchester City

Kylian Mbappé, the hottest wonderkid in world football, has been speaking quite candidly since completing his controversial move from Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain on transfer deadline day.

The 18-year-old was wanted by a host of clubs, most prominently Manchester City and Real Madrid, but he opted for a return to his home city of Paris, and PSG signed him on a loan deal which will become a permanent €180m (£166m) sale in a year’s time.

There were reports earlier in the summer that Pep Guardiola had met with Mbappé to convince him about the City project. And speaking to L’Equipe in France, the forward has confirmed he spoke with Pep and had nothing but good things to say about him.

“When I met with some coaches, I told them, and they can confirm, that my priority is Monaco. And if Monaco does what I expect, I wouldn’t want to leave. After that, something happened and I changed my position.

“I didn’t say no to Guardiola but I said no to Manchester City. When I saw him, we talked about tactics, how he could use me. That’s really a coach that feels football.

“He has won everywhere and transmits a passion to you. I love coaches that just talk about football. He’s like the [PSG] coach Emery.”

It’s clear that Mbappé was impressed by Pep but didn’t feel incline to swap Ligue 1 for the Premier League and is now part of an impressive strike-force with Neymar and Edinson Cavani at Parc des Princes.

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