PSG's £364m duo Mbappe and Neymar jet off for clash with Metz
Poriborton Desk 5:50 pm, September 08, 2017
Paris Saint-Germain hotshot Kylian Mbappe has revealed why he turned down a move to Manchester City earlier in the summer, prior to his switch to the French capital. Mbappe became one of the hottest properties in world football following a stunning breakthrough campaign with Monaco, with the likes of Real Madrid, Arsenal and City all trailing him before the loan move which will eventually turn into a £166million permanent deal.
He joined his PSG team-mates for the short flight to Metz ahead of his debut on Friday evening, having previously turned down City at a time when he remained intent on staying at Monaco.
He has, however, insisted he did not turn down the chance to work with manager Pep Guardiola, but instead turned down a move to the club itself.
'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 really 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.'
While he missed out on Mbappe, Guardiola was successful in plucking two stars of Monaco's Champions League run away from Stade Louis II, following the signings of Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva for a combined £95million.
Friday night's clash at Stade Saint-Symphorien will give fans a first sighting of the exciting of triumvirate, Mbappe, Neymar and Edinson Cavani, with PSG looking to continue their perfect start to the new campaign.
Source: Daily Mail
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