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"Coming back to Paris was key" claims Mbappe at PSG unveiling

Rising star Kylian Mbappe tried to explain his big-money move to Paris Saint-Germain from Monaco on Monday after receiving fierce criticism from hardcore Monaco fans.

Mbappe, who is set to make his debut for PSG on Friday night at Metz as Ligue 1 action returns after the global break, added that he had initially not expected to depart Monaco, with who he helped win the title and reach the semi-finals of the Champions League last season.

"I had given my priority to Monaco, but certain things happened", Mbappe told reporters at the Parc des Princes.

Manager Arsene Wenger has held a long-term interest in signing Kylian Mbappe. This was a real option for me.

The striker will spend the 2017/18 season on loan in Paris with a later buy-out option for a fee of 180 million euro making Mbappe the most expensive French footballer in the history of the game.

"We weighed up the advantages and disadvantages of all the clubs but my family told me it had to be my decision and one I needed to make".

"When I heard their opinions regarding why he wants to move to Paris, I accepted them and we began hard and tiresome negotiations with PSG", he said.

"For me, it was important to come back to my town".

Mbappe talked fondly of training with Chelsea for a week at the age of 11, playing in a game alongside Tammy Abraham and Jeremie Boga, now both on loan at Swansea and Birmingham respectively.

"It was a wonderful experience". So it was a real discovery for me.

"We played against Charlton, I think, and we won maybe seven or eight nil".

"Of course, I still want to learn but I want to win".

"I still think we need that, but I'm not going to wait for the third transfer window to try to reach it".



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