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Kylian Mbappe explains the weird reason he chose to join PSG over Real Madrid

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This time last year, how many people knew who Kylian Mbappe was?

Now, he has completed a loan move to Paris Saint-Germain ahead of a £166 million deal next summer. Quite the ascension.

The former Monaco hitman bagged 26 goals last season and is not 19 until December. Mbappe also scored against Holland last week to open his account for France at the fifth time of asking.

Every top club in Europe was trying to secure the wonderkid's signature but PSG managed to come out on top despite some historic names in the mix.

Arsene Wenger had Arsenal seemingly leading the race early on, but Real Madrid and Manchester City came on strong as the summer went on and it seemed that there was a very good chance Mbappe would end up at the Bernabeu.

So why choose PSG? Especially after Monaco pipped them to the Ligue 1 title last season?

Apparently, it's his desire to make a name for himself in his own country.

"Great players make history in their own country," he said on Telefoot.

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"If I had left France after six months I would have left as an eternal hope.

"When you come to Paris you are at a club that has the ambition to be the best in the world, you have come to a club that wants to play in all the competitions.

"I'm going to give everything I have got to make history with PSG."

If that's the case, why did he need to leave Monaco? Could he not have stayed there and continued to develop?

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It seems with Monaco selling the likes of Tiemoue Bakayoko, Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva this summer - despite restocking their ranks - they don't have the grand plans to compete in Europe like PSG do.

In fact, the Parisians stated their intentions for all to see when they sealed a world record €222 million deal for Brazilian superstar Neymar earlier in the window.

"Playing with Neymar is something extraordinary. PSG already interested me, but having Neymar is an additional boost," Mbappe said.

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