RB Leipzig Sporting Director Ralph Rangnick has today revealed that his side could have signed Kylian Mbappe from Monaco two years ago.
18-year-old Mbappe broke onto the world football scene in incredible fashion last season at Monaco, helping Leonardo Jardim’s side to a shock Ligue 1 title, as well as a spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
In just his second season as a professional (he made just 2 starts in his first season), the prodigious youngster racked up 21 goals and 8 assists between the league and Champions League (23 starts).
He has since made the move to Ligue 1 rivals PSG, where he has formed a formidable partnership alongside Neymar and Edinson Cavani, following the former’s arrival from Barcelona over the summer.
Prior to his move to the Parc des Princes, Mbappe was being tracked by a number of Europe’s top clubs, with all of Arsenal, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City having been linked with moves for the prodigious teenager.
However, as per the aforementioned interview with Ralph Rangnick, Mbappe’s future could very easily have laid in the Bundesliga, had the RB Leipzig chief made one promise to the youngster’s father.
Speaking in an interview with Bild, Rangnick explained:
‘We almost signed Mbappe. The problem was back then we just separated from our coach Alexander Zorniger. It was shortly after the winter break 2015, so at that moment we didn’t know who our next manager would be and how everything would continue.’
‘Kylian’s father said to me that if I could say for sure that I would become the new manager, he would entrust his son to me immediately.’
‘But in February  I could not give him that promise yet.’