Emery reveals he convinced Mbappe to stay in Paris

AFP

Mbappe has been heavily linked with LaLiga side Madrid after the PSG star fuelled speculation over his future by hinting it could be time for a "new project".

Ligue 1 champion PSG dismissed Mbappe's comments, insisting the 20 year-old World Cup-winning sensation will remain in Paris.

However, Arsenal manager Emery revealed the desire Mbappe had to sign for Madrid during his time at PSG, which came to an end after the 2017-2018 season.

"At some point, everyone pushed at PSG," Emery said. "I even talked to him and his father to stay.

"He wanted to choose Real Madrid, he also had a chance at Barcelona, but he wanted Madrid eyes closed.

"Among everybody we convinced him about the project in France and made him stay. We had to set money over the table, and that's what we did."

Mbappe joined PSG in a loan move from Monaco, which became permanent for a €180million fee, in August 2017.

Since then Mbappe has scored 59 goals in all competitions, netting 32 so far in Ligue 1 this season.

Emery, meanwhile, won seven titles – including the 2018 Ligue 1 trophy – in two years at PSG before he was replaced by Thomas Tuchel.