Kylian Mbappe has said playing at Chelsea as an 11-year-old alongside Tammy Abraham was a moment that put him on the right path that has led to his blockbuster switch to PSG. m
The 18-year-old has joined the French mega-spenders on loan for the remainder of the season from Monaco, with a £166m option to buy at the end of the season which you would suspect would be taken up.
As an 11-year-old, Mbappe had a brief stint in west London alongside the likes of Abraham and Jeremie Boga, both still on the books of the Blues, albeit both currently on loan at Swansea and Birmingham City.
The exciting youngster had a special message for the Blues as well when he spoke about where he came from to now, this unbelievable move to the Parc des Princes.
“It was a wonderful experience,” he told The Telegraph. “Chelsea was the first great club, the first big club, that I went to visit. So it was a real discovery for me.
“I was coming from my grassroots, amateur club. It was a whole new world. Of course I had an idea what a great football club was like but I was really impressed by the working culture and the mentality of wanting to be better day-in, day-out.
“And visiting this infrastructure helped me, actually, with my development. I saw things differently because up until then I had just a French mentality and after that I could pick what was positive in other mentalities and build my own.”
“An idea has been reinforced since I was a kid – not just because I went to Chelsea. I always thought: ‘I want to be there, I want to be one of those big players who is trying to give people fun out of the game’. And I have given everything to reach that objective. Now I am on the other side of the camera, on the other side of the TV. That’s the only difference.”
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Petr Cech reveals major difference between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger
Mourinho arrived at Chelsea in the summer of 2004 – the same time as Cech – and the pair went on to win two Premier League titles, two League Cups and the FA Cup during his first stint in charge at the club.
When Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge in 2013, the duo added another Premier League crown and League Cup to their list of honours.
Cech, who left Chelsea for Arsenal two years ago, believes it was Mourinho’s win at all costs mentality that inspired the Chelsea players to succeed.
The Portuguese boss has taken that mentality with him at Old Trafford, with Manchester United sitting top of the table after last season’s Europa League and EFL Cup double.
But Cech admits that killer attitude is missing from Wenger at Arsenal, who have endured a terrible start to the campaign.
Cech said: “When he [Mourinho] arrived at Chelsea from Porto, he brought the main thing: he came from a club where it was not acceptable to him to finish second of the championship.
“He brought the same spirit in Chelsea. He thinks only about victory, whatever the price.
“He hates draws. If we returned to the dressing room with a draw, it was known that he would not be satisfied.
“On the other hand, he also wanted be able to keep a 1-0 or beat a team 5-0 if possible. No matter how, Mourinho wants the result.
“The philosophy at Arsenal is completely opposed to this.
“It is not win at all costs but we want to win with a good way of playing. This is beginning to change in our approach.”