Kylian Mbappe has spoken about his decision to turn down Real Madrid when he was just 14 years old.
Real Madrid has been heavily linked with a move for Mbappe, whose contract with PSG expires next summer.
The Frenchman has exploded in recent seasons to become one of the most highly-rated footballers on the planet, and is expected to be integral for France this summer as they contest Euro 2020.
He broke through the ranks at Monaco before going on to join PSG alongside Neymar in a big-money move in the summer of 2017.
According to him, he almost joined the Madrid when he when a trip to the Spanish capital as a teenager, when he met Cristiano Ronaldo and toured Valdebebas only to decide to stay in France.
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“My parents wanted me to start my career in France, to have a French education in football but also in education itself,” Mbappe told L’Obs as reported by Diario AS.
“Going to Spain, even with [Zinedine] Zidane , was another country, another culture.” Zidane is, of course, no longer in situ at Madrid, with Carlo Ancelotti now the man in charge.