Aurelien Tchouameni

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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