How Kylian Mbappe’s mum ended his chances of signing for Chelsea | Football
Kylian Mbappe was on Chelsea’s radar as a youngster and even went for a trial with the Blues, but his mother put an end to any potential move by refusing to return for the London club to have a second look at her son.
Mbappe is now one of the most feared players on the planet, preparing to take on England with France in the World Cup quarter-final in Qatar on Saturday night.
The Paris Saint-Germain superstar has only played professionally for his current side and Monaco, but when he was in the youth ranks at AS Bondy he was already catching the eye of Premier League clubs.
At just 12 years old he was invited for a trial with Chelsea, heading to London for a few days in 2011 and even playing in a game against Charlton.
The Blues were not completely blown away by the Frenchman, but were impressed enough to ask Mbappe return for a second visit so they could have another look at him.
The Athletic spoke to former Chelsea scout Daniel Boga who told the story of Mbappe’s mother, Fayza Lamari, insisting that there would be no second visit, Chelsea had to sign her son then or not at all.
Boga explained: ‘You know English football — you tackle, you track back players when you lose the ball. He wasn’t like that. When he lost the ball, he stopped playing.
‘Chelsea said, “We want to see him again and we want to see this part of his football”.
‘But then the mum said, “No, we won’t come again”. I was translating. ‘She said, “Tell them, he won’t come back. If you want to sign him, you sign him now”. And she said, “In five years’ time, you will come back for him for £50million”. She said, “Translate that.”
‘I can’t say that. It’s too arrogant to say something like this. So I didn’t translate it. I just said to Jim [Fraser, head of youth recruitment], “I don’t think they will come back, so you have to make a decision now”.’
There was also interest from the likes of Real Madrid, Liverpool and Bayern Munich but Mbappe moved to Monaco where he made his name before a switch to PSG in 2017.
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