Tchouameni: Mbappe tried to convince me to reject Real Madrid
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Tchouameni: Mbappe tried to convince me to reject Real Madrid

France midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni said on Tuesday that Kylian Mbappe tried in vain to convince him to reject Real Madrid's offer and join him at Paris Saint-Germain instead.

The 22-year-old ended up signing a six-year deal with the La Liga and European champions, who reportedly paid a fee of £69m with another £17m in add-ons to AS Monaco at the weekend.

"Kylian decided to stay in Paris and called me knowing that I would surely leave Monaco," Tchouameni told a news conference as he was unveiled as a Real player.

"But I told him right away that my first option was Real Madrid and he understood perfectly. I get to be at the best club in the world and I'm not afraid of the competition. I must demonstrate my quality and I really look forward to it."

After months of negotiations with Real, PSG forward Mbappe ended up signing a three-year extension with the Ligue 1 champions.

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