Champions League 2017-12-15 5:36 AM

KYLIAN MBAPPE was right to reject Real Madrid and move to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, according to Robert Pires.

The 18-year-old swapped Monaco for their fellow Ligue 1 title contenders after winning the French top division last term.

Mbappe scored 24 goals in his breakthrough season which attracted the interest of Real Madrid and PSG.

But he chose to move to the Parc des Princes instead of the Bernabeu with the hope of winning the Champions League alongside Neymar and Edinson Cavani.

And Pires, who won the World Cup with France in 1998, claims it was the right decision not to link up with his former team-mate Zinedine Zidane.

“I think Mbappe took a great decision because it was very important to him to stay in France,” Pires told Marca.

“He’s very young and needs to prove himself again so PSG, for me, was a great decision.

“I know Madrid and Zidane wanted him and maybe one day he’ll go but I repeat that, for him and his family, it was important to stay in France.”

Mbappe will now face Real in the last 16 of the Champions League next year.

And Pires believes it was a tie which neither side wanted.

“Nobody is happy,” Pires added.

“For Madrid, they are of course one of the favourites with their very good team and great manager, Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best players around.

“Maybe they have more experience than their opponents but PSG have spent a lot of money to specifically try and win the Champions League, on Neymar and Mbappe.

“So I think neither are too happy.”


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