Nicolas Anelka urges Mbappe to leave PSG in order to be more successful

Former French striker Nikolas Anelka has urged PSG forward Kylian Mbappe in the Premier League or La Liga, to be more successful.

Neymar and Kylian Mbappe of PSG, celebrate during the French Champions Trophy
Neymar and Kylian Mbappe of PSG, celebrate during the French Champions Trophy

The former France striker has told Mbappe to play in the Premier League or La Liga.

Former French striker Nikolas Anelka has urged PSG forward Kylian Mbappe to leave Ligue 1 giants, to be more successful.

The 22-year-old has become an accomplished footballer at a very young age, The World Cup title in 2018 and a handful of domestic titles with Paris-Saint Germain speaks for himself.

However, Anelka feels that Mbappe should play in more competitive leagues like Premier League or La Liga in order to prove himself as the best.

Anelka said: “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 endured a torrid European Championship, failing to register a single goal and missed a decisive penalty in the shootout against Switzerland, which saw France getting knocked out in the round of 16.

The former Monaco star has a contract running until the summer of 2022 but is said to be reluctant to sign an extension.

Spanish giants Real Madrid are understood to be Mbappe’s potential suitors, and they are ready to break the banks for him this summer.