Kylian Mbappe has been heavily linked with Real Madrid throughout his career, but especially over the past year.
In the end, though, he decided to stay with Paris Saint-Germain and the forward has opened up about that decision.
“You never know what’s going to happen,” Mbappe said when discussing his future with the New York Times, before recognising the constant lure of Real Madrid.
“You’ve never been there [Real Madrid], but it seems like it’s like your house, or something like this.”
The importance of Macron in Mbappe’s decision
The player has already admitted that French president Emmanuel Macron played a big role in his decision to stay in France.
At the time, it was explained that a phone call from Macron was key to convincing Mbappe and the player has now discussed this some more.
“I never imagined I was going to talk with the president about my future, about my future in my career, so it’s something crazy, really something crazy,” he said of the call he received from the politician.
“He told me ‘I want you to stay, I don’t want you to leave now as you are so important for the country’.
“He said ‘You have time to leave, you can stay a little bit more’.
“Of course, when the president says that to you, that counts.”
Mbappe is “annoyed” about the rumours
Since agreeing to stay, there have been many reports which have exaggerated the amount of power and influence Mbappe has at PSG.
The New York Times profile states that he is “annoyed” by these accusations.
“That’s not my job and I don’t want to do this because I’m not good at it,” he said.
“I’m good on the pitch and outside the pitch. [Sporting decisions] are not my role. There are so many people that are better than me.”