I want Mbappe at PSG, says Emery

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The Spanish coach believes it would be "beautiful" if the much-coveted Monaco attacker returned to play for his hometown club in the future

Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery has implored Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe to sign for the Ligue 1 runners-up.

The 18-year-old France international forward has attracted attention from all over Europe, with a world-record price tag of up to €120 million touted for the prolific forward.

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Real Madrid and Arsenal have been two of the sides at the forefront of the battle to sign the teenager, but Emery has admitted that he wants the player to move to the French capital.

“When we speak of Mbappe here in Spain, we talk about Real or Barca. But I’m at PSG and I say: ‘What could be more beautiful than representing a French team?’” the former Sevilla coach told a conference in Bilbao.

“With all respect to Monaco, he should come to Paris, he has family here. His parents live here, he went to an academy here. 

“We spoke of feeling, passion, desire – and what could be more beautiful than representing your city and being important.

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“Obviously, I am biased, but that’s the feeling I had when I debuted for Real Sociedad.

“I don’t know if Real like him, or if Barcelona do or Tottenham or Arsenal do. But if he has to leave Monaco, I say: ‘What is better for him, for France, for PSG, that there be a union between the player and his city.

“I say it as I feel it.”

Emery is also firm in his belief that Mbappe will develop into one of the world stars of the game.

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“It’s true that he’s going to become an icon, one of the icons of football in the future,” he noted.

Mbappe played a key role in the Monaco side that dethroned PSG last season, scoring 15 goals and creating 11 more in 29 appearances.