Former Monaco chief explains Mbappe decision
Former Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has explained why Kylian Mbappe chose to join PSG over Real Madrid.
The 20-year-old winger, who has become a global superstar of the game despite his tender years, moved to the Parc des Princes in a much-publicised deal two years ago.
After helping Monaco win the Ligue 1 title, taking it away from Paris for the first time since 2013, Mbappe was the subject of much transfer speculation.
He joined PSG from Monaco on loan in 2017, with an obligation to buy for a fee of around 145millon euros – only topped by PSG’s deal to sign Neymar from Barcelona for £198million.
The deal has been an unqualified success with the winger winning the Ligue 1 title two seasons in a row with Thomas Tuchel’s side, as well as four domestic cup successes.
However, the Champions League has still evaded the World Cup winner, with PSG never having advanced beyond the quarter-final stages of the competition.
Mbappe was linked with a move to Real Madrid at the time of his switch to PSG and still continues to be a much-discussed player in the gossip columns.
Speaking about his transfer, Vasilyev says Mbappe wanted to stay in France so early in his career but also predicts he will play for Los Blancos one day.
“Kylian explained to me that deep down, it was too early to leave for a foreign country,” Vasilyev said. “He told me: I only played one year in my country. I’m Parisian, I do not want to leave my country like that. I want to become a great player here.
“He was right to choose PSG because Real Madrid will knock on his door and the entire Santiago Bernabéu Stadium will applaud when he signs. He wants to win titles, and of course, it’s the Champions League he wants to win.”