World-Class No.7 forward had chance to sign for Chelsea
Kylian Mbapee could easily have signed for Chelsea for free if the Blues had been more adventurous.
The Paris Saint-Germain sensation was on trial at the club back in 2012 while playing for amateur club AS Bondy.
The 22-year-old attacker initially impressed but they wanted him to come back for another trial – an invitation that didn’t sit well with his mother.
And the Premier League giants did not rate his defensive work rate and wanted the player to track back.
Serge Daniel Boga was the Blues scout who spotted the ace on the outskirts of Paris and recalled Kylian’s mother’s response to the second invitation.
Speaking to Goal, Serge said: “‘Listen, my boy won’t be coming back. If they want him they have to take him now, or in five year’s time they will be coming back to buy him for €50m (£45m).”
Not even his mother could predict his market price would have reached a whopping £150 million when he joined the Parisians from Monaco in 2017.
According to Boga, the west London heavyweights’ main concerns were Mbappe’s defensive abilities.
Serge added: “He was very skilful, but in England they want to see the player track back and be a hard worker. At the time, he wasn’t a hard worker, defensively he wasn’t there yet.
“Chelsea wanted to see him again to see how he could improve on this- I think that’s why they asked him back.
“He did skilful things and dribbled well, so maybe the things they wanted to see in the second trial was improved work on the defensive side.”
Kylian further announced himself on the world stage this week when he scored a Champions League hat-trick in the Ligue 1 champions’ 4-1 win over Barcelona at the Camp Nou.