In 2018 Paris Saint-Germain officially signed Kylian Mbappe on a permanent transfer having loaned the teenage sensation from Monaco in 2017 first. By the time he signed the deal that would keep him in the French capital until 2024 he became the second most expensive player ever.
For £154 milllion, PSG signed a player that would go on to become a double World Cup golden boot winner, Champions League finalist, club record scorer and two-time World Cup finalist. Before Mbappe has even turned 25 he has achieved feats that would make him a legend of the game for years to come.
His name is always shrouded in controversy, though. Across the six years he has now been in the French capital there have been four managers, three of them are well-known faces to Premier League managers. The fact that Mbappe alone hasn’t been able to propel any of them to European glory is a point of frustration.
Not only has his work off the ball resulted in the frustration of new Chelsea coach Mauricio Pochettino during his career, but the addition of Mbappe may have lost PSG their chance to form a more cohesive unit. With Neymar and Lionel Messi in the last two years they have had a star-studded attack but not always a connected one.
Their stars have stacked up remarkable numbers but have not gone on to have the level of success in Europe that many would have predicted for players with their quality. Tactical shortcomings when against the best sides has been a consistent issue for Mbappe and even France aren’t always able to make up for his work rate. As Chelsea prepare themselves for Pochettino, they can make a PSG dream become reality at Stamford Bridge.
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