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Kylian Mbappe: I turned down Manchester City, not Pep Guardiola

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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.”

Kylian Mbappe to join PSG on loan with option to buy for €155m

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Paris Saint Germain have reached an agreement in principle with Ligue 1 rivals Monaco to loan striker Kylian Mbappe, an agreement which includes a €155m purchase option.

PSG had been negotiating with Monaco and UEFA over the past week as all parties try to reach a deal that would not contravene financial fair play rules after they signed Neymar from Barcelona for €222m (£198m) earlier this summer, with a deal concluded on Sunday night with green light from UEFA.

The agreement would see Mbappe joining on an initial loan deal with a purchase clause for the young Frenchman, a clause that could is not attached with any obligation to be fulfilled by next summer.

There is, however, a significant loan fee that PSG has to pay for Mbappe, who had produced a brilliant show consistently for Monaco both in the Champions League and in Ligue 1, as the teenager prepares for his medical in the French Capital later today.

On the other hand, it would mean that Monaco’s roster is once again being thinned after members of their Ligue 1 winning squad in Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Benjamin Mendy all joined Premier League clubs.

UEFA had been clear that its Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules do function and the president, Aleksander Ceferin, said on Friday that it would punish clubs “severely” if they do not comply with the rules.

“I am very serious,” he said last Friday. “We will try to help [the clubs understand the rules]. We will try to advise them on FFP. But if they don’t comply we will punish and we will punish severely.”

“I am not talking about [just] PSG. I am talking about every club in Europe. We are monitoring the situation, the transfer window is not closed yet. Trust me, we’re working on it.”

FFP was introduced by UEFA seven years ago to stop clubs involved in European competition from spending more than they earn, with the core principle that beyond a small loss currently set at €5m over three years, clubs’ outgoings must match their incomings.

Gareth Bale: Welsh forward told he is future of Real Madrid

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Gareth Bale has been assured that he is the future of Real Madrid and they will not try to buy Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe until next summer.

Bale has acknowledged that he is content about his situation at Real and have signed a contract extension last autumn.

However, despite the contractual agreement that ends in 2022 that also made Bale become one of the the world’s highest-paid players, Real have expressed a firm interest in Monaco youngster Mbappe throughout the summer.

Still, Los Blancos just stopped short of going all-out by informing Bale that they are unlikely to attempt to buy the 18-year-old striker in the near future.

Real’s move, however temporary would assure Bale’s status as one of Real’s prime assets and, with Cristiano Ronaldo turning 33 in February, the European champions view the Welshman as having a long‑term future in Zinedine Zidane’s side.

There had been many an obstacle against Bale’s flourishing at Real. Despite a fruitful debuting season in Spain, the former Tottenham star had been limited to rare appearances as injuries plagued his playtime, with another injury scare occurring last Tuesday after he was forced out of Tuesday’s training session with an ankle complaint.

Zidane had since provided assurance, one week ahead of Real’s UEFA Super Cup clash with Manchester United, that Bale has been showing encouraging signs both in terms of fitness and form during pre-season.

“He looks good to me, little by little,” he told a news conference. “He’s had a long injury, (but) the pre-season has been very good since the beginning. I’m not worried about his performance, because the whole team has had good moments and not as good moments.”

Real Madrid to approach Monaco for €180m Kylian Mbappe deal

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Real Madrid are convinced they could secure a world record €180m deal with Monaco for 18-year-old striker Kylian Mbappe after reportedly reaching the basis of an agreement with the Ligue 1 Champions.

However, Monaco has since denied having agreed to the deal.

Marca reported that Real and Monaco had agreed, in principle, a deal worth €160m, plus a further €20m in objectives, which Monaco denied in a another report published on the French newspaper Nice-Matin.

Nonetheless, the Spanish and European champions insist that they are optimistic that a definitive deal is close, and that Mbappe would join on a six-year deal worth around €7m a year.

Madrid would also have the financial capital to support this bid after having raised more than €100m in sales this summer, with Alvaro Morata joining Chelsea and Danilo signing for Manchester City, while James Rodríguez joining Bayern Munich on loan.

Amongst those in Real who had shown interest in signing Mbappe was club president Florentino Perez and coach Zinedine Zidane, although the former did admit that Mbappe’s move to the Spanish giants does not guarantee him a first-team spot in the squad.

Zidane, who also had previously shown interest in signing his French compatriot Mbappe, admitted that he was one striker short after the exit of Morata, but he insisted that he was not requesting any signings, he also added that “Anything can happen between now and 31 August” — the date in which the summer transfer window will be closed.

On the other hand, it would mean that Monaco, who reached last season’s Champions League semi-final and won the French title, have made more than £300m in transfers after selling 13 players such as Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy, who joined City for £43.6m and £52m respectively, and Tiemoue Bakayoko, who cost Chelsea £39.7m.