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Thursday, 13 September 2018

Revealed! Chelsea Could Have Signed PSG Ace Kylian Mbappe In 2012

Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe could have signed for Chelsea six years ago if not for his mother, former Blues scout Serge Daniel Boga has claimed.

Mbappe became one of the best young players in the world after a stellar campaign with AS Monaco, during which he scored 26 goals in 44 appearances.

The Frenchman was linked with a host of top clubs in the summer of 2017 but he never left France.

Ligue1 Champions Paris Saint-Germain signed him on a loan deal last summer before paying £160m at the beginning of the new campaign.

But, According to former Chelsea scout, Boga, Mbappe could have been a Chelsea player, if his mother had not pulled the plug on a second trial with the Premier League club in 2012.

"Chelsea were the first ones to give him a trial. We did it before Real Madrid,” Boga told Goal.

“I had a friend who worked for Nike, Denis Chantron, and when I was in France, we met and he said 'Have you heard of this young boy called Mbappe? He plays for Bondy, this small club from the suburbs of Paris.'

"I said I hadn't and he said 'You have to watch him.' I went there and watched him and I called him back straight away and I said 'Listen, this boy is really something.'

"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 brought him over with his family. He was skillful - like he is now. He played against Charlton and won 7-0.

"After a week at Chelsea, we went into the office. We said ‘Listen, we appreciate what we saw from you but we have to invite you back for another trial and we'll see after that.'

“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 (£44) million!'

"That's what she said to me! I said, 'No I can't say that to them. It is too cocky for me.'

"She was right, though. It wasn't even €50m but €180m that someone would pay. So, she knew the quality of her son and she was right.”

Boga believes Chelsea didn't bother to offer Mbappe a contract after his first trial because he didn't work hard enough off the ball.

"Defensively, he wasn't there yet. When he got the ball, he was unbelievable, but without the ball, he didn't work a lot.

"Chelsea wanted to see him again to see how he could improve on this. I think that's why they asked him back.

“He did skillful things and dribbled well. So, maybe the things they wanted to see in the second trial was improved work on the defensive side.

“They should have signed him. To be fair, though, it is easy to say that now. But, at the time, Chelsea had a good squad.”

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