Kylian Mbappe says his ambition is to “win everything” with Paris Saint-Germain, after joining from French rivals Monaco last week.
PSG agreed a Deadline Day season-long loan for Mbappe that contains an obligation to buy the forward for £165m in 2018, just weeks after the club broke the world transfer record to sign Neymar for £198m from Barcelona.
Mbappe, pursued by a number of Europe’s elite sides after impressing in 2016/17 to help Monaco win the French title and reach the Champions League semi-finals, detailed his objectives and revealed he had intended to stay another season at Monaco.
Speaking for the first time since completing a move to the Parc des Princes, the 18-year-old said: “I had given my priority to Monaco, but certain things happened.
“I will speak about it very soon and say everything that happened. I have a lot of respect for [Monaco vice president] Vadim Vasilyev, who is a remarkable man. But some things happened.
“It’s a great pleasure to join PSG, a very ambitious club that wants to become the best.”
The France international admitted he had no plans to move away from Ligue 1 before opting to join PSG, despite attracting worldwide interest during this summer’s transfer window.
“It was important for me not to leave France after just six months at the highest level,” he said.
“I’m an ambitious player who always wants to improve. So my objective is obviously to score more than last season.
“But individual ambitions should always be part of a wider ambition, and that is for the team to win everything.”
By signing Mbappe, PSG made a clear statement the club intends to compete for the Champions League title after several years of frustration since being taken over by Qatari investors in 2011.
“I’m starving for trophies and I want to win year after year, starting right now,” Mbappe said.
“Of course Neymar’s [presence] is an added bonus. It’s extraordinary to play with someone of that level.”
This post has already been read 347 times!