Chelsea would have contracted Kylian Mbappe for a pittance – but the transfer failed after a falling out with his mother.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker can indeed be called among the best in the world.
Among his many World Cup titles, which he helped France win in 2018 with some amazing performances – not least in the final where he became the second teenager, after Pele, to score in such a match.
His impressive speed and exceptional dribbling skills have made him a nightmare for defenders around the world as he intends to put these skills on tonight against Manchester City.
With the Champions League Final approaching, it will be up to Mbappe – although he is still 22 years old – to overtake Paris Saint-Germain.
Regarding his future, there is no club in the world who would not have a striker, although Real Madrid are the favorites to sign him if he leaves Paris Saint-Germain.
But in another world, Mbappe wears Chelsea blue – and rocks with goals after dropping out of their academy.
In what should be one of the club’s biggest regrets, the opportunity to sign the miracle was missed after a quarrel with his mother.
Long before his 2016 debut with Monaco, Mbappe played for a local Parisian team called AS Bondi.
It was here where former Chelsea scout Serge Daniel Boga first noticed a certain talent of 14 years old in 2012 and told his club to arrange a trial as soon as possible.
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He told Goal: “Chelsea was the first to put him on trial. We did that before Real Madrid. I told Chelsea about him and let them do whatever they want.”
“I called everyone at Chelsea that I’ve dealt with, like Jim Fraser. I said ‘Listen, I have this kid you have to look at.
“I brought him with his family. He was skilled, as he is now. He played against Charlton and won 7-0.”
Chelsea wanted to bring Mbappe back for a second try, but his mother objected, telling the club they should sign him now or miss the opportunity – a situation the Blues still regret.
“After a week in Chelsea, we went to the office,” Boga added.
We said, ‘Listen, we appreciate what we’ve seen from you but we have to invite you again for another trial and we’ll see after that.
“I remember what the mother said to this day. I spoke in French to Fraser and I was translating.
“She said to me, ‘Listen, my son won’t come back. If they want that they have to take it now or in five years’ time they’ll buy it for 50 million euros!”
“That’s what she told me! I said,“ No, I can’t say that to them. He is too conceited for me. “
“She was right. It wasn’t 50 million euros, it was 180 million euros that someone would pay. So, she knew the quality of her son and she was right.”