KYLIAN MBAPPE says Arsene Wenger is the one person he “dreams” will manage him.
France striker Mbappe, 19, is expected to turn his season’s loan at Paris Saint-Germain from Monaco into a £166million permanent deal once the World Cup is over.
AFP or licensors Kylian Mbappe celebrates a goal in World Cup training for France – and would enjoy even more being bossed by Arsene Wenger
REUTERS Arsene Wenger is the manager who Kylian Mbappe most wants to play for
And singling out Wenger is an ironic twist because Mbappe’s fellow countryman has been replaced as Arsenal chief by outgoing PSG chief Unai Emery.
Spaniard Emery brought Mbappe to PSG as arguably the world’s hottest teenage talent.
But Emery has been succeeded at the French champions by Thomas Tuchel – while 68-year-old Wenger is still looking for a new job.
Mbappe told French TV station Canal 8: “I dream of being managed by Arsene Wenger.
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“He is French, he’s had a great career & now he is free because he has left Arsenal.”
In 22 years with the Gunners Wenger won the Premier League three times and seven FA Cups.
But in recent seasons he divided opinion amongst fans as Arsenal have not won the Prem since 2004, finishing as low as fifth and then sixth in the last two terms.
Meanwhile, Mbappe is one of two picks made by Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic to shine at the World Cup.
REUTERS Kylian Mbappe has emerged as a World Class frontman during his loan spell with PSG from Monaco