French football teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe was central to a summer-long transfer saga, with an array of teams indicating interest in the teenage prodigy, but the player finally joined Paris Saint-Germain.
In the summer, it was widely speculated that Real Madrid were the frontrunners to get his signature, with Manchester City and Arsenal interested as well.
However, in the end, French giants PSG went on to seal a deal, and the star player went on to reveal the reason behind him joining PSG from Monaco rather than La Liga and Champions League winners Real.
The French international made a move on the summer transfer deadline day on a loan deal, and on the same night, he impressed for his national side. France thrashed Holland 4-0 in their FIFA World Cup qualifier, with Mbappe coming on as a substitute and scoring a splendid goal.
After the match, Mbappe was asked why he snubbed Real for PSG, and the 18-year-old stated: “I chose PSG because I will play more, it was the main criteria.”
Mbappe is expected to be a regular starter for PSG, and will play alongside the likes of Neymar, Edinson Cavani, and Angel di Maria. The teenage prodigy feels playing regularly alongside these players will make him grow immensely.
Mbappe would not have been guaranteed a regular start at Real, with the club having a settled unit that has brought them a lot of success in recent years. And this was a prime reason behind the starlet’s switch to Paris.
Further reports have also gone on to state that Real pulled out of the deal earlier because they could not match the valuation PSG decided to shell out for the player. The Parisian outfit is expected to pay a mammoth £166m for Mbappe next summer, and that will make him the second most expensive player behind Neymar.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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