Friday, 13 October 2017

Leipzig Nearly Signed Mbappe - Rangnick

RB Leipzig turned down the chance to sign Kylian Mbappe in 2015, according to the club's sporting director Ralf Rangnick.
Rangnick claimed they had the Paris Saint-Germain star "as good as signed" after the forward's father offered him to the then-second division club.

However, Rangnick said the deal hinged on him taking over as Leipzig coach, an assurance he could not give.
"We had as good as signed Kylian Mbappe (early in 2015)," Rangnick said in an interview with Bild.

"The problem was: at the time we had just parted company with (coach) Alexander Zorniger, that was just after the winter break in 2015.

"that moment we didn't know who would become 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."

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