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Kylian Mbappe nearly signed for shock side two years before his mega-money move to PSG

German club's sporting director Ralf Rangnick says the teen star's dad promised his son would join if Rangnick himself was made boss

KYLIAN MBAPPE almost joined RB Leipzig two years ago – before his stunning rise with Monaco and summer exit to Paris Saint-Germain.

The German club’s sporting director Ralf Rangnick says Mbappe’s dad promised his son would join if Rangnick himself was named Leipzig boss.

Kylian Mbappe nearly joined RB Leipzig but is now on loan with big-spenders PSG

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Kylian Mbappe nearly joined RB Leipzig but is now on loan with big-spenders PSG

France striker Kylian Mbappe won La Ligue with Monaco last term before his summer exit on loan

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France striker Kylian Mbappe won La Ligue with Monaco last term before his summer exit on loan

But Rangnick told German newspaper Bild he “could not give him that promise yet”.

And instead Mbappe stayed in his home country, joining big-spending PSG on loan for the season ahead of a £166million permanent switch next summer.


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Leipzig, though, believed they could have nabbed the then 16-year-old – when they were just a Bundesliga 2 side.

Rangnick said: “We almost signed Mbappe. The problem was back then we just separated from our coach Alexander Zorniger.

“It was shortly after the winter break 2015, so at that moment we didn’t know who our next manager would be and how everything would continue.

“Kylian’s father said to me that if I could say for sure that I would become the new manager, he would entrust his son to me immediately.

Kylian Mbappe is poised to become the second most expensive signing ever - next summer

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Kylian Mbappe is poised to become the second most expensive signing ever – next summer

Ralf Rangnick reveals just how close RB Leipzig came to signing Kylian Mbappe

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Ralf Rangnick reveals just how close RB Leipzig came to signing Kylian Mbappe

“But in February [2015] I could not give him that promise yet.”


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Rangnick actually became Leipzig manager in May 2015, helping them to the top flight before current boss Ralph Hasenhuttl turned them into Champions League challengers.

Mbappe, meanwhile, is now part of the world’s most expensive front three at PSG – with £198m world-record buy Neymar and Uruguayan Edinson Cavani.

And next summer the 18-year-old is eyeing a major role at the World Cup finals – when still a teenager.

Kylian Mbappe is just 18 but has already won eight senior caps for France

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Kylian Mbappe is just 18 but has already won eight senior caps for France

Kylian Mbappe was a regular with Monaco last term and has the same status at fellow La Ligue giants PSG despite their huge spending

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Kylian Mbappe was a regular with Monaco last term and has the same status at fellow La Ligue giants PSG despite their huge spending

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