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Arsene Wenger makes astonishing claim about Kylian Mbappe in French TV appearance

The Gunners were interested in signing the 18-year-old until Monaco demanded £164million for his services

Arsene Wenger believes that Kylian Mbappe “could be become the next Pele” following his sensational move to PSG this summer.

Wenger said that there is no limitation to the teenager’s huge potential.


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Kylian Mbappe is initially joining PSG on a season-long loan

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Kylian Mbappe is initially joining PSG on a season-long loan

Speaking on French TV show Telefoot, Wenger said: “Mbappe could be [the next] Pele.

“There are no limits to how far he can go.”

Wenger was happy to answer a number of questions

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Wenger was happy to answer a number of questions

He added: “I wanted him too, but €180m is too much for us. He has a balanced game for a striker.

“He scores goals and he gives chances. It’s the quality of great players.”

The France international sealed a loan move to PSG on transfer deadline day, though the deal comes with the option to sign permanently next summer for £162m.

The 18-year-old gained international recognition after his exploits for Monaco last season, helping them to win the French title and reach the Champions League semi-finals.

 

Last season he scored 26 goals in 44 appearances for Monaco and has since established himself as a full international.

His fine form had him linked with every major club in Europe – including Arsenal, who were believed to have offered a £123m bid for him in June.

Wenger also confirmed Arsenal will ‘come back for Thomas Lemar’ following the Gunners’ failed €100m [£91m] deadline day attempt.

“€100m for Lemar? Yes all true, I wanted him,” said the Arsenal boss. “He decided to stay at Monaco. We will come back for him.”


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