PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe has revealed that Chelsea were one of the first big clubs that he visited.
The presence of French-based players like Florent Malouda was a key factor behindMbappe accepting a trial with Chelsea when he was only 11 years old. However, the blues did not take up the option to sign him andMbappe has now become one of the global superstars. He has just made the switch from Monaco to PSG on a loan deal, but it will be converted into a £ 166 million permanent deal next summer. This would makeMbappe is the second most expensive player in the history of the football.
At just 18 years of age, he is regarded as one of the greatest talents who could go on and dominated world football for the next decade or even more. Mbappe says that Malouda and Didier Drogba were some of the French speaking players who helped him during his trial at Chelsea.
Malouda was one of the key players for Chelsea back then, and Mbappe says that being able to witness these players in close-up was a key factor behind his inspiration to grow and achieve greater things in the game.Mbappe has had an excellent start to his life at PSG after scoring in the Champions League match against Celtic.
‘I got to meet some of the first-team players – (Didier) Drogba, (Florent) Malouda – the French-speaking ones and took some pictures with them. An idea has been reinforced since I was a kid – not just because I went to Chelsea. I always thought: “I want to be there, I want to be one of those big players who is trying to give people fun out of the game,” said the PSG forward, who came to prominence only last season. Arsenal were also close to signing him last year.