‘I Turned Down Man City, Not Guardiola!’
‘I Turned Down Manchester City, Not Pep Guardiola!’
One of Europe’s most sought after talents revealed that he turned down the opportunity to join Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the latest transfer window.
France international Kylian Mbappe was linked with Real Madrid, Arsenal and the Citizens before joining Paris Saint Germain on loan during deadline day.
The 18-year-old striker admitted that he did have talks with Guardiola, but opted against working with him because he did not feel that the Citizens was the right club for him.
"When the season finished in May, my idea was to stay. There was not another possibility in my head," Mbappe told L'Equipe.
"When I met with some coaches, I told them, and they can confirm, that my priority is Monaco. And if Monaco does what I expect, I wouldn't want to leave. After that, something happened, and I changed my position.
"I didn't say no to him (Guardiola), but I said no to Manchester City. When I saw him, we talked about tactics, how he could use me. That's a coach that feels football.
"He has won everywhere and transmits a passion to you. I love coaches that just talk about football. He's like the (PSG) coach (Unai) Emery."
Mbappe made 60 appearances for the Monaco, scoring 27 goals and assisting 16 further strikes.
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