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"Coming back to Paris was key" claims Mbappe at PSG unveiling

08 September 2017

"I had given my priority to Monaco, but certain things happened", Mbappe said at a packed news conference at Parc des Princes.

The 18-year-old France global striker grew up in Paris, playing for Monaco before joining PSG on loan last week, with a deal in place for him to make the move permanent next year for a reported fee of £166 million ($215 million, 180 million euros).

Mbappé took time to thank his lawyers who he claimed "went out of their way for a good cause" making reference to the arrangement between both Ligue 1 clubs leading to his loan deal with PSG.

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Unai Emery, the manager of mega-squad Paris Saint-Germain, was hardly going to call it a crisis when one of his superstars returned from the worldwide break unfit, but he reported it as a setback, nonetheless. I have a lot of respect for (Monaco vice president) Vadim Vasilyev, who is a remarkable man.

"Through hard work and humility, we will achieve our goals", Mbappe, who could make his full PSG debut away at Metz in Ligue 1 on Friday, said.

On his official Twitter account, Mbappe posted, "I just wanted to thank you for all the love you gave me during our time together". The transfer money is not in my pocket so it is not up to me to speak about it.

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PSG beat Arsenal to sign Kylian Mbappe this summer.

Of course questions were asked of Neymar's ambition however, in an interview with Marca, Pele has backed his compatriot's decision. "It is extraordinary to play with him (Neymar)".

"I'm starving for trophies and I want to win year after year, starting right now", Mbappe said.

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"It won't change my way of living or thinking".

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