Kylian Mbappé tells CNN Sport why he stayed with Paris Saint-Germain and why he did not join Liverpool.
The 2019/20 season has been the most successful in PSG’s history since the end of the 2002/03 season. The two-time champions have already scored a total of 117 goals in the Ligue 1 season.
Mbappé signed a three-year contract with the French giants in January 2018, when he finished the English Premier League with Liverpool.
It was a decision that left him stunned, but, after listening to his reasons, he has revealed he had no other choice.
“At the beginning, I was really proud of my decision,” he says to CNN Sport. “We’d been on the pitch together at Anfield, and the way Liverpool used me then, and were patient and gave me time, I wanted to give something back but in the end I decided not to do that.
Kylian Mbappé: “I was a footballer who wanted to give something back”
“As a footballer, the way they used me, my confidence, I needed to give something back to my club.”
Paris Saint-Germain and Paris have been a powerful and popular team in the French capital for the last 15 years, winning five league titles, three Coupe d’Honneur and one Coupe de la Ligue between 2004 and 2018 and the Ligue 1 title in 2016 and 2017, respectively. The club’s financial situation, however, is under threat after a series of mismanagement at PSG, with the club’s share price falling below €10 in November 2018.
Their problems began during the period of the French government’s financial crisis in 2011, a bad period for Paris Saint-Germain and which forced the club to take a large loan from Qatar. They ended up going through a major struggle and a series of administrative problems, which then caused them to miss out on the Champions League and European football finals for the first time in history.
They were bought by Qatar’s National Bank in 2016, but the owners of the bank sold the club to a group of Chinese businessmen in September 2017, resulting in a new era at PSG.
Paris Saint-Germain has won four titles since the departure of Bernard Tapie,