Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has revealed that Paris Saint-Germain sensation Kylian Mbappe wanted to join Real Madrid before the French giants eventually persuaded the forward to stay.
Mbappe has been heavily linked with LaLiga side Madrid after the PSG star fueled speculation over his future by hinting it could be time for a "new project" with Unai revealing that the forward could have gone to Madrid when he coached the French giants.
"At some point, everyone pushed at PSG," Emery told Cadena SER. "I even talked to him and his father to stay. "He wanted to choose Real Madrid, he also had a chance at Barcelona, but he wanted Madrid eyes closed. Among everybody, we convinced him about the project in France and made him stay. We had to set money over the table, and that's what we did."
Ligue 1 champions PSG has however dismissed Mbappe's comments, insisting the 20-year-old World Cup-winning sensation will remain in Paris.
Mbappe joined PSG in a loan move from Monaco, which became permanent for a €180million fee, in August 2017. Since then Mbappe has scored 59 goals in all competitions, netting 32 so far in Ligue 1 this season.
Emery, meanwhile, won seven titles – including the 2018 Ligue 1 trophy – in two years at PSG before he was replaced by Thomas Tuchel.
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