Mbappe: “I’m following Arsenal from afar”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain looks on as Paris Saint-Germain walks the pitch on the eve of their UEFA Champions League Match against Liverpool at Anfield on September 17, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Mark Robinson/Getty Images)

Kylian Mbappe revealed that he’s keeping a keen eye on Unai Emery’s progress at Arsenal this season

The teenage superstar spent his first season at Paris Saint-Germain playing under Emery, where they won a domestic treble.

However, PSG’s last-16 exit in the Champions League to Real Madrid proved to be the final straw for chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi – who decided to bring in Thomas Tuchel as the club’s new coach in the summer.

Emery shortly afterwards was announced as Arsene Wenger’s successor at Arsenal.

Although Mbappe, who at one point was closely linked with a move to the Gunners himself, has nothing but respect and gratitude towards Emery.

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“I have a lot of respect for this man even if he did not succeed in Paris,” Mbappe told France Football.

“He won titles before and I hope he wins them again after. I sent him a congratulatory message when he signed for Arsenal, and now I am following from afar.”

“I do not forget that he helped me adapt to this big team, which was not easy.”

Mbappe won the inaugural Kopa Trophy on Monday night in Paris as the world’s best U-21 male player.