International

Mbappe reveals talks with Real before PSG move

2017-12-27 18:55
Kylian Mbappe (AP)

Madrid - French striker Kylian Mbappe has revealed he held talks with Real Madrid before joining Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) but now no longer dreams of a move to the Spanish champions.

Mbappe had reportedly been a target of Real after he helped fire Monaco to a first French league title in 17 years last season, but instead he joined Paris Saint-Germain in August on an initial loan deal that will become permanent for €180 million next year.

"There were many rumours of a transfer, it's true that we spoke, but I think that's now in the past for me and for Real Madrid.

"I play for PSG now and I am going to defend these colours 100 percent," he said in an interview published Wednesday in Spanish sports daily Marca.

Mbappe, who turned 19 last week, said he wanted to play for PSG because Paris is his hometown.

"It is like a child from Madrid has the opportunity to play in his team and goes somewhere else, another country. No, I wanted to play for PSG and I am happy for now with how things are going," he added.

"I have time, and as I have said I want to play in the best team in the world and PSG has everything to achieve this. If this team grows with me, there is no reason to leave."

Mbappe finished seventh behind Cristiano Ronaldo in the Ballon d'Or voting this month - ahead of the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Harry Kane and PSG team-mate Edinson Cavani.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season has wrapped up. For all the season highlights - and lowlights - be sure to visit Sport24!

Latest blogs
Vote

Which country will be crowned 2018 Soccer World Cup winners?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.