In quotes reported by Spanish publication AS, via ESPN, Wilfrid Mbappe discussed how the striker would “probably” have moved to Madrid had Zinedine Zidane not become assistant to the La Liga giants’ then head coach, Carlo Ancelotti.
Mbappe enjoyed a sensational full debut season for Monaco, in which he headlined an exciting young side that blasted their club to a first Ligue 1 title in seventeen years, as well as the Champions League semi-finals.
And now the 18-year-old has all but secured a colossal move to French league giants Paris Saint-Germain, who will initially loan the player before being obligated to purchase him for £166.4m next summer.
“We had plenty of meetings with Monsieur Zidane but from the moment he became assistant coach to the first team [ahead of the 2013/14 season] I believed that he’d not have the right amount of time for Kylian,” Wilfrid Mbappé explained
“If Zidane had stayed in charge of recruiting and looking after young talent like Kylian, we’d probably just have joined Madrid instead of Monaco.”