Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Kylian Mbappe is a big fan of the Premier League, with the Frenchman capable of speaking perfect English.
Liverpool have been touted as a potential destination for the French superstar, with his contract at PSG running into his final year, and Pochettino claims the forward is an avid follower of English football:
“Kylian loves football, he loves to talk about football. He asks about England – ‘How is the game, the mentality and the culture there?’ – and also Spain and Argentina. He will watch, every day, games from England, France, Italy, Germany. He’s only 22 but very mature, confident in his talent and open. He can speak French, of course, but also perfect English and Spanish.”
“I speak in English and Spanish with him – more English than Spanish. I said to him the other day: ‘I need to practise my French with you, to improve,’ and he said: ‘Sure, but it’s better for me to talk in English.’ He loves to practise different languages.”
Speculation from France over the past year has consistently mentioned that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp would love Mbappe to make the switch to Anfield, and Pochettino’s claims suggest the player is open to playing in the Premier League.
However, the finances of the deal make any transfer a remote possibility. Previous reports have suggested that PSG would demand between €120m and €150m for the forward, despite his contract situation.
On top of the wage demands and agent fees needed, a switch to Liverpool can probably be ruled out, especially after it was announced that the Reds made a £46m loss last season.