Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev reveals why Kylian Mbappe rejected the chance to sign for Real Madrid to instead stay in Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain last summer.
France international joined Ligue 1 Champions from Monaco on a season-long loan after breaking on to the scene with a stunning run of form in their run to the Champions League semi-finals in the 2016-17 campaign.
Mbappe set to become the second most expensive player of all time when the deal finalised
on a permanent basis this term for £165m, only behind team-mate Neymar.
But Monaco sporting director Vadim Vasilyev reveals the 19-year-old rejected the chance to sign for Los Blancos to instead stay in Ligue 1.
"I remember we were training when we got the call from Real Madrid and accepted the €180m offer for Mbappe.
"Later, I saw him and told him 'we have received an offer that was impossible to refuse from the club of your dreams so tell me your answer'.
“We never wanted to make the choice for him, it was up to him to make his decision.
"He told me that he wanted to go to Paris and, after that, there were so many details that had to be resolved that, until the final moments, I doubted the deal," Vasilyev told Canal+.
Mbappe scored 21 goals in 44 appearances this season and looks set for a big World Cup in Russia this summer but the striker has now emerged as a transfer target for Manchester City after a report from France claimed PSG are set to be sanctioned over Financial Fair Play.