Chelsea once missed out on the chance to sign the PSG star after angering his mother

Former Chelsea scout Serge Daniel Boga says he saw Mbappe when he was playing for French side AS Bondy when he was 14 and invited the youngster to try out for the Blues in 2012.

Mbappe performed well at Chelsea, playing in a 7-0 win over Charlton, but a move failed to materialize for the striker after the Premier League club tried to organize a second test, angering the player’s mother. .

“Chelsea was the first to give him a chance. We did it before Real Madrid,” Boga told GOAL.

“I had a friend who worked for Nike, Denis Chantron, and when he was in France, we met and he said: ‘Have you heard of this young man called Mbappé? He plays for Bondy, a small club in the suburbs of Paris. ‘

“I said I hadn’t and he said, ‘You have to watch him.’ I went over there and looked at him and called him right away and said ‘Listen, this guy is really amazing.’

“I told Chelsea about him and let them do their thing. I called everyone in Chelsea that I dealt with, like Jim Fraser.

Chelsea turned down the chance to sign Mbappé ahead of his move to Monaco (Image: Alamy)
Chelsea turned down the chance to sign Mbappé ahead of his move to Monaco (Image: Alamy)

“I brought him with his family. He was skilful, as he is now. He played Charlton and won 7-0. After a week at Chelsea, we walked into the office. We said ‘Listen, we appreciate what we saw’.” from you, but we have to invite you back for another test and we’ll see after that.’

“I remember what the mother said to this day. She spoke to Fraser in French and I translated. She said, ‘Listen, my boy is not coming back. If you want him, you have to take him now or in five years!’ they will buy it back for 50 million euros!’

“That’s what she told me! I said, ‘No, I can’t tell you that. It’s too arrogant for me.’ However, she was right. It wasn’t even 50 million euros, but 180 million euros that someone would pay. So she knew the quality of her son and she was right.”

Chelsea angered Mbappe's mother Fayza Lamari after asking him to go for a second trial at the club (Image: Alamy)
Chelsea angered Mbappe’s mother Fayza Lamari after asking him to go for a second trial at the club (Image: Alamy)

Instead, Mbappe would join Ligue 1 side Monaco, making his professional debut for the club in 2015 aged just 16.

He would help the principality win the French league title in the 2016-17 season before moving to PSG at the end of the season in a transfer valued at €180m (£154m), a world record fee for a player. Teen.

Since then, Mbappé has scored 170 goals in 216 games for PSG, winning a further four Ligue 1 titles at the Parc des Princes.

He recently became the highest-paid player in world football after signing a new three-year deal in Paris worth £1m a week, turning down the opportunity to join Real Madrid on a free transfer.

Mbappé has become one of the best players in world football (Image: Alamy)
Mbappé has become one of the best players in world football (Image: Alamy)

In hindsight, Chelsea made a huge mistake by asking Mbappé for a second trial at the club.

“He was very skilled, but in England they want the player to step back and be a hard worker. At the time, he wasn’t a hard worker,” Boga added.

“Defensively, he wasn’t there yet. When he got the ball, he was amazing, but without the ball, he didn’t work very hard. Chelsea wanted to see him again to see how he could improve on this. I think that’s why they asked him to come back, he did skillful things. and he haggled well.

“So maybe what they wanted to see in the second test was an improved job on the defensive end. They should have signed him. To be fair though, it’s easy to say that now. But, at the time, Chelsea had a good squad. .

“Still, Mbappé is the best player I have ever seen. I am proud, very proud to see what he has become. When I see him play, I say: ‘Wow, my eyes were fine!’

“He is the type of player that everyone wants to see play. He has everything a modern player needs. He is fast and in front of goal he is a killer. He has everything to remain one of the best players in the world.” the next 10 years.”

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