Kylian Mbappe explains why he rejected Arsenal to sign for Paris Saint-Germain

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No team had a better transfer window than Paris Saint-Germain.

The French club managed to do the unthinkable by signing Neymar from Barcelona in a world-record move worth €222 million.

And if that wasn’t enough for a club with money to blow, they managed to beat Arsenal and Real Madrid to the signing of 18-year-old star Kylian Mbappe.

The French striker has joined on an initial loan deal which will become permanent for £166m next year.

With Neymar and Mbappe now on board, there can be no excuses for PSG any more. They’ve failed in recent years to shine in the Champions League but anything less than an appearance in the semi-final this season could be classed a failure.

The biggest clubs in the world chased Mbappe in the summer but the France international eventually decided to sign for PSG, the club he supports.

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Mbappe explains why he turned down Arsenal

There was the chance to sign for Arsenal and work with Arsene Wenger, who recently described the striker as ‘the next Pele’.

Mbappe met with Wenger but his heart triumphed, as he revealed in an interview with the Telegraph.

“Yes, I met with Arsene Wenger, who is a great coach,” Mbappe said. “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.

“But, of course, Paris Saint-Germain was the main option.

“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 in order to develop.”

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Mbappe leaves a Monaco side that beat PSG to the French title last year. He planned on staying at the champions this season but PSG’s interest was too much to ignore.

“When I first started meeting with clubs I told them my first priority was Monaco,” Mbappe added. “Then something happened that changed my mind and then I wanted to leave.

“We weighed up all the offers I received and I decided to join Paris Saint-Germain because this is the project that will help me develop while I win titles.

“Of course, I still want to learn but I want to win. Starting with today.” 

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