Paris Saint German’s young teenager Kylian Mbappe has revealed how Chelsea’s status and ‘working culture’ helped inspire him to become the top player he is today.
Mbappe became the world’s most expensive teenager after he was signed by PSG on loan – but with a clause that gives PSG the sole right to buy him permanently for a world record fee for a teenager with over £166m quoted by some reports.
He was part of Monaco’s side that won the Serie A title last season and progressed to the semi final of the Champions League.
The player said during his how a visit to Chelsea while he was 11 years old changed is mindset about how to be a top professional and a great player.
It was a wonderful experience. Chelsea was the first great club, the first big club, that I went to visit. So it was a real discovery for me. I was coming from my grassroots, amateur club. It was a whole new world.
Of course I had an idea what a great football club was like but I was really impressed by the working culture and the mentality of wanting to be better day-in, day-out and visiting this infrastructure helped me, actually, with my development.
I saw things differently because up until then I had just a French mentality and after that I could pick what was positive in other mentalities and build my own.
I got to meet some of the first-team players – (Didier) Drogba, (Florent) Malouda – the French-speaking ones and took some pictures with them.
Kylian Mbappe, Metro
The 18-year old scored 25 goals last season, 15 in the Ligue 1 and six in the Champions League.