Ex-Blues striker Nicolas Anelka has told Kylian Mbappe to leave Paris Saint-Germain and join club like Chelsea, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Manchester City in order to win the biggest accolades in football.
The 22-year-old Frenchman is out of contract with the Ligue 1 giants at the end of next season and has so far resisted signing an extension, with Real Madrid desperate to sign him.
Chelsea, on the other hand, expressed interest in signing the highly-rated forward, who admitted he have good relationship with Thomas Tuchel, and is possible reunion with his former manager.
With Mbappe refused to sign a new deal with the Ligue 1 giants, and informed them he desire to leave, Anelka, who represented PSG in two separate spells, told the 22-year-old superstar to leave for the Premier League if he is to have a shot at Ballon d’Or glory.
The 42-year-old wrote for The Athletic: ‘You have at least two choices – stay in Paris or move to Real Madrid. Both of them can win the Champions League these days. When I was at PSG, that wasn’t the case.
‘That choice depends on what you want to achieve in football. If you want the biggest accolades, you will have to move from PSG at some point.
‘Whatever you do in Paris will be good, but somebody will always say, ‘Well, you did great for PSG but it was only in France. The best leagues are in England and Spain, so you didn’t compete with the best players in the best league.’
‘You will have to decide. If you want to win the Ballon d’Or, which is what you should be looking at to echo Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, you will have to compete with the best.
‘You can’t say you compete with the best all the time when you are at PSG. The French league is not easy, don’t get me wrong, but I think the toughest league is in England.
‘So, if you want to be one of the best, then do what you do in Paris but with Chelsea or United or Arsenal or Manchester City or Liverpool. Or go to Spain to Madrid or Barcelona. Or maybe Italy. Then we can speak about a more global impact.’
Mbappe, who L’Equipe, claim is set to see out the remainder of his contract, netted a total of 132 goals in 171 games for Paris Saint-Germain.