Kylian Mbappe turned down the opportunity to play under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City before he left Monaco for Ligue 1 rivals Paris Saint-Germain.
One of the hottest properties in European football, Mbappe was targeted by 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 18-year-old 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.”