RB Leipzig Almost Signed Kylian Mbappe - Ralf Ragnick

The 18-year-old has made a fast start to life in the capital having made his big-money move

The 18-year-old has made a fast start to life in the capital having made his big-money move

The young Frenchman played a huge role in winning Monaco the League 1 title and also helped them reach the semi-final in Champions League competition.

His exploits have seen him join French giants Paris Saint-Germain, where he has formed a great partnership with Edinson Cavani and Neymar, following the Brazilian's move from Barcelona over the summer.

There were several clubs looking to sign Mbappe during the last transfer window, with Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Real Madrid all keen.

Kylian Mbappe was close to joining RB Leipzig long before he became one of the world's most coveted players at Paris Saint-Germain, according to the sporting director of the German club.

"We had as good as signed Kylian Mbappe (early in 2015)", Rangnick said in an interview with Bild.

Rangnick said: "The problem was we had just parted ways with Alexander Zorniger. We didn't know at the time who would be our coach and how it would continue".

"Kylian's father said to me, if I could say for certain that I would become the coach, then he would entrust the boy to me immediately. But I couldn't give him that promise in February".

Rangnick actually became Leipzig manager in May 2015, helping them to the top flight before current boss Ralph Hasenhuttl turned them into Champions League challengers.

Since moving to PSG, Mbappe has been involved in six goals from his first six matches, scoring three and assisting three more.

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