Mbappe admits he had only heard of new team-mate Nuno Mendes from Football Manager before PSG transfer

Mbappe admits he had only heard of new team-mate Nuno Mendes from Football Manager before PSG transfer

KYLIAN MBAPPE has revealed he only knew of Paris Saint-Germain’s summer signing Nuno Mendes from Football Manager. 

The Ligue 1 side had a busy transfer window bringing in Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Gini Wijnaldum, keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and Achraf Hakimi.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side also beat Manchester City to land Portuguese teenage sensation Mendes on loan from Sporting Lisbon. 

And the left-back, 19, has already nailed down a starting spot after starring in their last four games – including the 2-0 win over City in the Champions League. 

But Mbappe says he only heard of Mendes by playing the computer game Football Manager. 

Speaking to RMC Sport the French star said: “When you see who we've hired, there's quality. Nuno Mendes, left-handed, 19 years old. 

“He's an extraordinary young man. I didn't know him very well, just from Football Manager, because of his talents.

“What he does is magnificent. You have to support him, because he can make a mistake at a given moment and that's when we can't crucify him.” 


PSG have the option to sign Mendes permanently next summer for £34million. 

He has already become Portugal’s first-choice left-back, winning eight caps after an impressive run during Euro 2020. 

Mbappe revealed during his interview with RMC that he told PSG he wanted to leave in the summer. 

The 22-year-old was subject of a £170m bid from Real Madrid this summer as he entered the final year of his contract.


Mbappe said: "I asked to leave, because from the moment where I did not want to extend [my contract], I wanted the club to receive a transfer fee so they could bring in a quality replacement.

"This club has given me a lot, I have always been happy – the four years I have had here – and I still am.

"I said it early enough so that the club could react."

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