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Kylian Mbappe has confirmed that joining Arsenal in the summer was a ‘real option’ but Paris Saint-Germain was always his first option.
Paris Saint-Germain summer signing Kylian Mbappe has admitted he snubbed Arsenal and Real Madrid this summer.
The French attacker joined PSG on-loan last week from Monaco with a permanent option worth €180m.
Arsene Wenger is a big admirer of Mbappe and confirmed his interest in signing him this summer after having failed with a move last year before he signed a professional deal with the Principality club.
Mbappe confirmed that he held a meeting with the Gunners boss in the summer and a move was a possibility owing to Wenger’s reputation of developing young players. However, he was unable to resist the lure of playing for the club he supported as a boy and in the end it was the France international’s decision to join Unai Emery’s club.
“Yes, I met with Arsene Wenger, who is a great coach,” Mbappe told the Daily Telegraph on the day of his unveiling in France. “He has a great reputation here in France, he’s well-respected and knows how to develop young players. This was a real option for me. But, of course, Paris Saint-Germain was the main option.”
“We weighed up the advantages and disadvantages of all the clubs but my family told me it had to be my decision and one I needed to make. It also had to be a long-term decision. So it was up to me and I decided to come here in order to develop,” the French striker added.