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Nicolas Anelka claims he paved the way for Kylian Mbappé: “I was a pioneer. The pioneer.”

Speaking in an interview with Le Parisien ahead of Wednesday’s release of his Netflix documentary, former France striker Nicolas Anelka claimed that he has paved the way for the success of PSG attacker Kylian Mbappé.

“He is as strong technically as he is mentally. But I came before him to remove obstacles. I was one of the first to head abroad and to have signed in a big transfer (he joined Real Madrid for €35m in 1999). I was also the first to work with my family (as agents), with my brothers, at a time when that was looked down upon in the game. Today, that is basically normal.”

“I was a pioneer and the pioneer, he is taking hits. But I opened the door. A Mbappé, with all his strengths, is also profiting from my experience over 20 years. And he is right to.”

On coaching at PSG:

You should never say never but managing PSG requires experience, a track record and experience as a coach which I do not have.

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