Kylian Mbappe is one of the brightest prospects in world football and, as such, Paris Saint-Germain had to spend big in order to acquire the 18-year-old’s services from Monaco, but the youngster showed his displeasure for the business aspect of his arrival and explained that he wants to be a success in France.
In order to comply with Financial Fair Play, PSG brought Mbappe in on a loan deal with an option to buy for 180 million euros, allowing them to spread out the cost of signing both Mbappe and Neymar, who cost a further 222m euros.
“[The business of transfers] is a world that I didn’t know,” the forward told L’Equipe.
“It’s a world that I discovered and it’s one that I don’t want anyone to experience.
“It’s not the true face of football – we must avoid it.”
Mbappe could have joined any team in the world, but he decided to stay in France, returning to his home city of Paris.
“I didn’t want to leave France like ‘a thief’,” he continued.
“You play well for six months and then leave.
“Big players win in all the places that they play.
“In France, I didn’t get the impression that I’d earned respect.”
With a front line of Mbappe, Neymar and Edinson Cavani, accompanied by the likes of Angel Di Maria, Marco Verratti and Thiago Silva, PSG are in a great position to win trophies, something Mbappe is relishing.
“I don’t want to be a mere figure,” he said.
“Some players play a good season and then settle; I want to win every year.”