Kylian Mbappe: PSG will realise Champions League dream

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Kylian Mbappe poses with PSG chief at the Parc de Princes in Paris.

France teenage forward Kylian Mbappe acknowledged on Wednesday that he had meant to stay at Monaco this football season, but something happened there that led him to change his mind and join Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) instead. "So it was up to me and I chose to come here in order to develop".

The Brazilian moved to the French capital for a world record £198m earlier this summer, breaking up the famous "MSN" trio of Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, which had helped the Catalan club achieve trophy-laden success.

Mbappe admitted to Arsenal's interest, telling the Daily Telegraph: " Yes, I met with Arsene Wenger, who is a great coach.

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I always thought: "I want to be there, I want to be one of those big players who is trying to give people fun out of the game".

By the time PSG and Monaco agreed the extraordinary deal - officially a season-long loan with an obligation to buy next summer - Arsenal had long bowed out of the race, but the striker admits a move to the Emirates had once been a genuine possibility.

"He is an additional advantage", he said.

PSG will complete a permanent deal for Mbappe in 12 month in a deal worth about 180 million euros ($A269 million), making him the world's second-most expensive player.

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"In May, I was of the opinion I'd stay with Monaco", he explained.

"It was important not to leave the France".

"I come into the dressing room with the smallest prize list". I have a lot of respect for (Monaco vice president) Vadim Vasilyev, who is a remarkable man. "However, I came for the project".

"My price is anecdotal - it will not weigh me down".

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