During his unvealing for Paris Saint Germain new French football star Kylian Mbappe` revealed Chelsea was the first big club to offer him a chance when he was just a kid.
The former AS Monaco striker, who signed for PSG on £ 166m record fee last week, told the Blues invited him when he was a player at amateur side AS Bondy to visit Cobham Training Centre.
The youngster played a friendly game alongside Jeremie Boga and Tammy Abraham for Chelsea academy.
The Blues scouts, anyway, were not impressed with the young French guy and must be kicking themselves following Mbappe’s sensational rise to fame in the past year.
“It was a wonderful experience,” the 18-year-old said during his first press conference as a PSG player about his Chelsea trial.
“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.”