Kylian Mbappe wanted to join one club instead of PSG in the summer


Kylian Mbappe said over the weekend that he wasn't comfortable playing as a striker for Paris Saint-Germain and wanted to return to the wing - and it's no wonder.

Wednesday night's 4-0 win over Anderlecht in the Champions League saw the 18-year-old play in his normal position and become the highest-scoring teenager in the competition's history.

His strike was number eight in 12 games, which is pretty staggering given he doesn't turn 20 for another 14 months.

In that time, Mbappe could feasibly score another eight goals and make it virtually impossible for any other teenager to eclipse his haul.

Mbappe possesses the potential to become the world's best player when he's older and that's exactly what PSG teammate Neymar wants to help him achieve.

Neymar spent four years learning from the very best in Lionel Messi at Barcelona and he feels he can play the same role for Mbappe.

"He's a golden child, who is at a great level," said Neymar, per Sport. "He's a great player, he has all the qualities to convert into a big name into the football world.

"I'm a big fan of his and I want to help him in every way possible. I hope to do the same for him that Messi did for me."

Neymar is widely expected to succeed Messi as the world's best footballer and Mbappe is certainly lucky to have him as a teammate.


However, according to his father, Wilfried, and football agent Josep Maria Minguella, joining PSG in the summer wasn't Mbappe's preferred choice.

It turns out the teenager actually wanted to join Barcelona, reports Spanish radio station Cadena Cope.

Mbappe's father met with Barcelona representatives to discuss a £120 million move to the Camp Nou, plus £30 million in add-ons, after Neymar left.


A move never transpired, though, with Mbappe joining PSG instead after rejecting a move to Real Madrid.

Mbappe didn't like the idea of competing with Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema for places and feared his playing time would suffer.

It's worked out pretty well for Mbappe regardless and much like last season with Monaco, he's set for a trophy-laden campaign with PSG.

The Parisians are currently top of Ligue 1 and cruising in the Champions League, winning three out of three to an aggregate scoreline of 12-0.

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