Kylian Mbappe – Paris Saint-Germain – Basaksehir – UEFA Champions League
Perez said about his refusal to join Real Madrid in the past, saying: “For me it was a very difficult moment, but I think I was lucky. I had to choose between Real Madrid, Juventus and Arsenal. I was close to Real Madrid.”
He continued, “But Wenger called me several times and kept talking to me and changing my thoughts, and then he convinced me in the end.”
“Wenger told me that Florentino Perez is happy with the work he does with us at Arsenal, but like me, Real Madrid refused.”
“He preferred to continue with the Arsenal project.”
Arsenal signed Perez in 2000 with a sum of 6 million pounds after a very strong competition between them and Real Madrid and Juventus, to replace Marc Overmars, who left for Barcelona with 25 million pounds.
Arsene Wenger had said earlier that Real Madrid tried to get his services while he was coach of Arsenal.
Perez touched on talking about Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid coach, saying: “It is strange that there is talk about crises and the end of his career when Real Madrid lost two matches before El Clasico, then drew with Gladbach.”
And he continued, “I know the pressure is great at Real Madrid, but the coach and the players should work in a calmer atmosphere, not because you are Real Madrid or Barcelona will win against everyone, otherwise football would be boring.”
Turning to talk about Kylian Mbappe, saying: “Of course, I am French and love Paris Saint-Germain and would prefer to continue in the French League, but if he wants to grow his career bigger, he must join Real Madrid.”
He added about Eduardo Camavinga, saying: “Camavinga is 17 years old, in my opinion he should continue for another two years with Rennes, so he will continue to develop after that joining a big team like Real Madrid or Barcelona or whatever team he chooses, but now it is too early for him to leave.” .
“If that was within Rennes’ ability, they should maintain his services during that period,” he said.