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PSG President Reveals Why Mbappe Turned Down Arsenal

PSG President Reveals Why Mbappe Turned Down Arsenal”

Paris Saint-Germain did not offer Kylian Mbappe the best financial package, according to their president Nasser al-Khelaifi.

PSG paid Barcelona 222 million euros ($264 million) for Neymar, 25, in August before signing Kylian Mbappe on loan with an option to buy the 18-year-old from Monaco for up to 180 million euros in the second largest deal in history.

And while that fee already appears a phenomenal one, Al-Khelaifi has revealed Mbappe was offered even more money elsewhere, prior to joining PSG.

Al-Khelaifi, however, told the Telegraph in an interview published on the eve of PSG's Champions League opener against Celtic in Glasgow that Neymar's arrival should be celebrated as it has also opened up Europe's premier club competition.

Mbappe himself confirmed that Arsenal had been one of those clubs, with Al-Khelaifi insisting that it was the teenager's love of his hometown - having been born in Paris suburb Bondy in 1998 - that drew him to the club.

Most of Europe's hypocritical, arrogant, establishment elite are jumping up and down on their high horses at this affront - and that's the clearest indication yet of just how big a threat PSG are to the stranglehold that the traditional European big boys have on the most prestigious club football tournament on the planet. But we explained to him our project and the ambition of the club and he's French, he's a Parisian and he had the club in his heart.

"An worldwide brand. Everybody is asking 'what's going on in France and in the French league?" It's deep inside him. A picture does not lie. I was in the U.S. last week and I saw the jersey of Paris Saint-Germain everywhere.

But Al-Khelaifi says they have a year to balance the books and reckons revenues are growing so fast it won't be a problem, telling other clubs: "get your own house in order".

"We have been investing in the French league and to be highly competitive in the Champions League". They'll be hoping to topple Real Madrid's domination in the Champions League and Mbappe will have to be on top form to do that.



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