PSG striker Kylian Mbappe opens up about his car journey with Zinedine Zidane

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PSG (Paris Saint-German) striker Kylian Mbappe recently opened about his car journey with Zidane Zinedine after getting an opportunity to train with Real Madrid just prior to turning 14.

The exceptional talent was in the eyes of many clubs, as he was invited for trials at Chelsea at the age of 22 and it was then he was got another invitation to train at Real Madrid when he was just 13. Mbappe had spent the majority of his time at AS Bondy before leaving for Ligue 1 outfit Monaco in 2015. The striker is now a French World Cup winner shining in Ligue 1 for Paris Saint-Germain.

In a recent interaction with The Players’ Tribune, he recalled the amazing experience he had when he met Zidane Zidane, the then sporting director.


Then, right before my 14th birthday, I got an incredible surprise. My father received a call from someone at Real Madrid, inviting me to come to Spain for a training session over the holiday break. It was a shock because they actually told my father,

“Zidane would like to see your son.” 

‘At the time, Zizou was the sporting director. Of course, I was over the moon. I was desperate to go.’

The striker also later revealed how Zidane unveiled a surprise on the Mbappe family by meeting him at the training centre before driving him to the pitches.

‘I will never forget the moment that we arrived at the training centre at the airport. Zidane met us in the parking lot in his car, and it was a really nice car, of course. We said hello, and then he offered to drive me over to the field for training. He was pointing at the front seat, like, “Go on, get in.”

‘But I just froze and I asked, “Should I take off my shoes?” Hahaha! I don’t know why I said that. But it was Zizou’s car!

‘He thought that was really funny. He said,

“Of course not, come on, get in. He drove me to the training pitch, and I was just thinking to myself, I am in Zizou’s car. I am Kylian from Bondy. This is not real. I must still be sleeping on the airplane.

‘Sometimes, even when you are really living something, it feels like a dream.’