PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN forward Kylian Mbappe has revealed his parents talked him out of moving abroad when he was 14.
The French striker has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer after an impressive season in Ligue 1.
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Speaking to L’Obs, Mbappe said: “My parents wanted me to start my career in France, to be educated in France.
“To play football, but also to continue my education. To go to Spain, even if it was with Zidane, it was another country, another culture.”
And according to Spanish newspaper Marca, Real were the club that wanted to take Mbappe from his native France.
The news comes after ex-Chelsea scout Daniel Boga revealed the Blues turned down the chance to sign the striker in 2012.
The 22-year-old also discussed his future, telling the French magazine: “I always want to set myself challenges, because that allows you not to relax.
“Being on the pitch feeds me, it’s how I recharge. Thanks to that, I have the energy to face the other aspects of football.”
Mbappe’s existing PSG deal runs out in 12 months and his contract situation may persuade the French club to cash in on the player.
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The France international has been in sensation form this term, scoring 42 goals in all competitions for PSG.
He’s been selected in Didier Deschamps’ squad for Euro 2020 and is expected to be one of the stars of the tournament.
Real are believed to be interested in signing Mbappe this summer, with the most recent report suggesting the Spanish giants will buy the player as a ‘gift’ for returning manager Carlo Ancelotti.
The ex-Everton boss left his position at Goodison Park earlier this week to have another crack at the Real job.
Ancelotti was previously employed in the Spanish capital between 2013 and 2015, helping Real win their tenth Champions League title in 2014.
Mbappe has also been linked with Premier League giants Liverpool, although speculation has quietened in recent weeks.
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