Introducing the most expensive teenager on the planet – and by some distance too.
Kylian Mbappe is officially a PSG player and, when his eye-watering move is finally made permanent next summer, he’ll cost a rather punchy £166m.
Mbappe is the hottest property on the planet right now after an almost surreal breakthrough season with Monaco last term, scoring 26 goals in all competitions.
But the 18-year-old’s career could have panned out very differently.
In an interview with The Telegraph upon his unveiling as a PSG player on Wednesday, Mbappe revealed he trained with Chelsea when he was just 11-years-old alongside the likes of Tammy Abraham.
Chelsea scouts had invited Mbappe – who was already in high demand – to train with them for a week and spend time at the club, and even played a match wearing ‘Kylian 10’ on the back of his shirt.
“It was a wonderful experience. Chelsea was the first great club, the first big club, that I went to visit. So it was a real discovery for me,” Mbappe said.
“Of course I had an idea what a great football club was like but I was really impressed by the working culture and the mentality of wanting to be better day-in, day-out.”
Mbappe recalls partnering Abraham up front in that game for the Blues’ Under-12s, whilst young midfielder Jeremie Boga was also playing.
He added: “We played against Charlton, I think, and we won maybe seven or eight nil.
“I also got to meet some of the first-team players – [Didier] Drogba, [Florent] Malouda – the French-speaking ones and took some pictures with them.”
But instead of moving to west London, Mbappe flirted with the Real Madrid academy before eventually agreeing Monaco was the club more suited to his development.
What might have been, eh Chelsea fans?
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