Sven Mislintat, the former Dortmund recruiting manager and now Stuttgart sporting director, has revealed that he came very close to recruiting Kylian Mbappé on his Monaco debut. Borussia even almost got the future world champion for free.
Dortmund have come close to the turn of the century. The German club came close to signing Kylian Mbappé in 2016, as he made his professional debut with Monaco. In any case, this is what Sven Mislintat says. The former Borussia hiring manager (2006-2017) revealed this anecdote when he appeared on the “Kicker meets DAZN” podcast.
“It’s a shame that we weren’t able to bring in Kylian for free, regrets the current Stuttgart sporting director, in comments reported by the Mirror. Mbappé was available for free at one point and there were a lot of suitors. . But we could not win. If we had managed to take Mbappé for free in Monaco at the time, it would have been a mega-deal. “
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Mbappé has eliminated Dortmund twice in the Champions League
Finally, the gifted Bondy, then aged 17, will remain in the Principality that year. Two years before becoming world champion with the France team, defeating Argentina in the quarter-finals (4-3) and scoring in the final against Croatia (4-2).
Since this approach from Dortmund, Mbappé has twice eliminated the Rhur club in the Champions League. With Monaco in 2017, in the quarter-finals (scoring three goals), then with PSG last year, in the round of 16 (with an assist at Signal Iduna Park). What to give a little more regrets to Sven Mislintat, who notably brought Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Shinji Kagawa or Ousmane Démbélé to Dortmund. But Borussia has made up for it in recent years by finding several great talents like Jadon Sancho or Erling Haaland.