How Chelsea Missed out On Golden Chance to Sign Kylian Mbappe

How Chelsea Missed out On Golden Chance to Sign Kylian Mbappe

  • Chelsea came close to signing Paris Saint-Germain ace, Kylian Mbappe, while he was aged just 14
  • At the time, Mbappe trialled with the Blues but was unable to seal a permanent move as the EPL side wanted him to have a second trial
  • The Frenchman went on to join AS Monaco where he shot to stardom before he later moved to PSG
  • The World Cup winner recently came close to joining Real Madrid before he performed a U-turn and decided to stay with the French giants

Chelsea once had a golden chance to sign Paris Saint-Germain hotshot Kylian Mbappe but turned down the opportunity.

Mbappe has enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence over the years to become one of the most sought footballers in Europe.

Kylian Mbappe, Champions League, Parc des Princes stadium. Photo by FRANCK FIFE.
Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring during a Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain and FC Barcelona at the Parc des Princes stadium. Photo by FRANCK FIFE.
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The France international was recently the subject of a transfer saga pitting Real Madrid and his current club.

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The youngster was believed to be on the verge of joining Real this summer on a free transfer before he performed a stunning U-turn.

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Mbappe went on to commit his future with PSG as he landed himself a lucrative new deal with the French giants.

Chelsea turns down chance to sign Kylian Mbappe

While no one knows if the Frenchman will ever move to the Premier League, it has emerged Chelsea actually had an opportunity to sign him early on in his career.

According to Sportbible, former Blues scout Serge Daniel Boga spotted Mbappe while he was playing for the French side AS Bondy as a teenager and invited the youngster to trial with Chelsea in 2012.

Mbappe is said to have performed well at Chelsea, with one of the greatest highlights of the trials being when he was involved in a 7-0 win over Charlton.

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However, a permanent move failed to materialise for the striker as Chelsea attempted to arrange a second trial - something which angered Mbappe's mother.

"Chelsea were the first ones to give him a trial. We did it before Real Madrid," Boga told GOAL.
"I told Chelsea about him and let them do their thing. I called everyone at Chelsea whom I dealt with, like Jim Fraser. I said 'Listen, I have this kid you have to look at.'
"I remember what the mother said to this day. She spoke in French to Fraser and I was translating. She said to me, 'Listen, my boy won't be coming back. If they want him they have to take him now or in five year's time they will be coming back to buy him for €50 million!' Boga recalls.

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His comments come on the back of speculations of the club's interest in securing the services of the Real Madrid legend despite current boss Mauricio Pochettino's contract running till 2023.

Macron, openly revealed his role in ensuring Kylian Mbappe extended his stay with the Parisians, and dreams of Zidane taking over the reins at the Parc des Princes.

Source: Sports Brief News