Kylian Mbappé, French soccer star of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), rejected an offer from Real Madrid when he was 14 years old because his parents wanted him to continue studying and living in France
“They wanted me to start a career in France, to have a French education, because in training centers, in addition to football, you also do your studies. Going to Spain, even if Zidane was there, was another country, another culture,” said Mbappé, in an interview published this Thursday by the magazine L’Obs.
Mbappe, which ended up opting for the quarry of the Monaco, with whom he made his professional debut, spoke in this interview about his personal journey and everything related to football.
“I have learned one thing with the little experience I have: when they talk about you every day, it is not to say good things,” he said.
“I have no problem because they criticize me as a player; what affects me is when the person that I am is attacked,” he lamented, when asked about the criticism he received last fall.
He also reviewed his childhood in Bondy, a city on the impoverished periphery of Paris, and his relationship with his parents.
“The problem is that these most popular neighborhoods are talked about only because of what appears on television, the murder of a 15-year-old young man, drug trafficking. But I, who have grown up there, can say that many things are learned , you learn the essence of respect, “he judged.
With a father of Cameroonian origin and an Algerian mother, Mbappe, 22, considers himself “100% French”.
“To say that one is black, Arab or white, is to put a barrier, and in this new France there are no barriers, we are all together,” he stressed.
“My father was a sports educator in Bondy, my mother a high-level handball player who now works with me. I think it is fortunate to have parents who understand your desire to play sports,” he said.
He also remembered that when he was “a hyperactive child”, his parents enrolled him in a private Catholic school so that he would have “a calmer context.”