French striker Kylian Mbappe revealed that he turned down a possible move to Manchester City before he left Monaco for Ligue 1 rivals Paris Saint-Germain.
Mbappe, 18, revealed that he met with Guardiola at a time when he was still intent on staying at Monaco and was impressed by the Spaniard’s passion for the game, but he opted against joining forces with the Premier League club rather than the manager.
“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.”
Over the summer following a successful debut season, Mbappe was targeted by European elite clubs in the likes of Real Madrid, Arsenal and City before joining PSG on an initial loan move that is expected to be made permanent at the end of the season for €180 million.
The France international was expected to head to Real Madrid for much of the window, but instead opted for a loan move to PSG as he believed there would be greater opportunities for valuable minutes on the pitch.
“Here, I can continue to progress and play. What I want is to play, so you go to a club where you can do that,” Mbappe added. “I’m French and I choose a French team. People must be happy to keep a French player in the league.”