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PSG’s President: We offered £166m to Mbappe because has 'club in his heart'

'He wanted to stay in France and defend the French colours in the Champions League. It's deep inside him.

PSG’s President: We offered £166m to Mbappe because has 'club in his heart'

'He wanted to stay in France and defend the French colours in the Champions League. It's deep inside him.

12 September 2017 Tuesday 12:07
PSG’s President: We offered £166m to Mbappe because has 'club in his heart'

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has revealed his club fought off fierce competition to sign Kylian Mbappe - including rivals who offered the teenage striker more money.

The 18-year-old, who joined from Monaco initially on a one-year loan with a £166million permanent deal due next summer, was enticed back home to Paris because he 'dreamed' of playing for the club.

Real Madrid, Arsenal and Chelsea were among the European heavyweights who had also expressed an interest in Mbappe, who scored 26 goals for Monaco last season.

His signing came hot on the heels of PSG's world-record £198m signing of Neymar from Barcelona, creating a formidable forward line Al-Khelaifi hopes will deliver success at home and abroad.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, the Qatari said: 'It was very competitive, trust me. Some other clubs offered him more than us. Every big club wanted him.

'But we explained our project and the ambition of the club and he's French, he's a Parisian, and he has the club in his heart.

'He wanted to stay in France and defend the French colours in the Champions League. It's deep inside him.

'He wants to write history here and he has history here already - you saw the pictures of him [at his unveiling] when he was here 10 years ago?

'A picture does not lie. He loves the club and it's his dream to play for Paris Saint-Germain.'

Updated: 13.09.2017 09:42
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