Kylian Mbappe reveals the Premier League club he nearly joined before PSG

Kylian Mbappe receives his award at the Ballon d'Or ceremony in Paris

Kylian Mbappe receives his award at the Ballon d'Or ceremony in Paris

France and Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe ranks Chelsea winger Eden Hazard as the best player he has faced in 2018.

Kylian Mbappe has said that he rejected the overtures of Arsenal 18 months ago, but also revealed why he is still following the Gunners' progress.

The Frenchman revealed that the veteran manager contacted him in 2017.

Mbappe has secured this year his position as the top up and coming youngster, especially with his display at the World Cup which included a goal in the final.

The teenage sensation is seen by many as the best young player in the modern game, with him being awarded the first "Kopa" trophy for the world's top young talent at the Ballon d'Or ceremony on Monday.

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"When the entirety of Europe gets on its knees in front of him to celebrate him, that certainly means something".

Mbappe also played under Unai Emery at PSG, and also has plenty of kind words for the current Arsenal boss despite Emery getting sacked at the end of last season.

The newly-created Ballon d'Or equivalent for U-21 players saw the 19-year-old emerge the first victor after helping PSG win the Ligue 1 title in his first season at the club, before scoring four times for France as Les Bleus won the World Cup for a second time at Russian Federation. "I chose a different direction but he wasn't annoyed at me".

"I have a lot of respect for this man even if he did not succeed in Paris. I sent him a congratulatory message when he signed for Arsenal, and now I am following from afar".

Mbappe becomes the first-ever recipient of the trophy, named after France legend Raymond Kopa and voted for by former Ballon d'Or winners.

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