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‘Mbappe didn’t go to Real Madrid because Ronaldo was there’

Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain, Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid
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The Frenchman was opposed to the idea of joining Real Madrid because of their star-studded attacking trio at the time, says Javier Bordas.

Kylian Mbappe rose to prominence while at AS Monaco, with the player’s stock soaring after guiding the team to Ligue 1 success in 2017.

The talented forward became a subject of transfer interest for several European heavyweights after the heroic deed and picked up Paris Saint-Germain as his next destination.

After spending a season on loan at the club, the 21-year-old moved to PSG on a permanent transfer for a reported hefty €145 million fee in 2018.

Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, and Bayern Munich are some of the clubs who were supposedly interested in securing the services of Mbappe prior to his move to Parc des Princes.

Former Barcelona director Javier Bordas recently revealed that the club were indeed interested in the World Cup winner back then, having lost Neymar to PSG.

However, Bordas continued, that Barca instead opted to go after Ousmane Dembele on technical secretary Robert Fernandez’s request.  

Bordas also said that Mbappe was against joining Real Madrid due to the presence of world-class attackers in the team.

“I called Mbappe’s father and he told me that we was not going to go to Real Madrid because Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and Gareth Bale were there and that instead, he could go to Barca because Neymar had left,” he told Mundo Deportivo.

“The president of Monaco preferred that he signed for Barcelona so as not to reinforced PSG, a direct rival. And it could have been done for €100m.

“Robert preferred Dembele and Pep Segura supported him. The explanation was that Mbappe plays for himself and Dembele plays for the team, and since a winger like Ney had left, Robert preferred a winger more than a finisher.”