Real Madrid reveal they were interested in signing Kylian Mbappe
Posted: 22 October 2017 Time: 10:15
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has confirmed the club were keen on signing Kylian Mbappe prior to his move to Paris Saint-Germain.
The 18-year-old is considered one of Europe’s hottest properties after scoring over 30 goals in all competitions last season, which helped Monaco to the Ligue 1 title and UEFA Champions League semi-finals.
Mbappe had been linked with Madrid and Spanish La Liga rivals Barcelona, but ultimate made a €180m move to PSG in August and Galacticos boss Perez has confirmed the teenager was one of their mid-year targets.
“Yes we did think about (signing) Mbappe (over the summer) but we have a very complete squad,” Perez told El Espanol.
“It was difficult for us to fit in a young player like him, with a lot of promise. At PSG he will be able to play more often. He has a big chance to be a real star, as have our young players like Marco Asensio.
“We have invested a lot in our youth system and also have brought in young players from other clubs such as Theo Hernandez, Dani Ceballos and Jesus Vallejo while others are out on loan like Martin Odegaard, Vinicius and Fede Valverde at Deportivo.
“These are spectacular players of 17, 18, 19 years old but that does not mean that if a marvellous player emerges we will not go for him.”