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Pep Guardiola rules out Manchester City bid for Kylian Mbappe

Guardiola rules out Man City Mbappe bid
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola rubbishes speculation claiming that the club are lining up a £200m deal for Paris Saint-Germain winger Kylian Mbappe.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has rubbished reports that the club are lining up a world-record move for Paris Saint-Germain attacker Kylian Mbappe.

The 19-year-old is widely regarded as the brightest young talent in world football, having enhanced his burgeoning reputation by helping France to World Cup glory in Russia this summer.

Mbappe is already the second-most expensive player of all time, but reports at the weekend suggested that City could look to rival the fee paid for the Frenchman's PSG teammate Neymar in an audacious bid to bring him to the Etihad Stadium.

However, Guardiola has ruled out the possibility of such a move happening, with a swap deal involving Raheem Sterling having also been mentioned.

"That is not going to happen. Sometimes I don't understand where the news comes from. City aren't going to spend the money that Mbappe and PSG deserve," Guardiola told reporters.

"PSG are not going to sell him, I guess. He's not coming here and we are not going to swap him for anybody.

"We are not going to swap for Raheem or any other top player we have, People should be more respectful to my players, and to players of other teams."

Mbappe has scored five goals in five games for PSG across all competitions so far this season.


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Kylian Mbappe celebrates his late goal during the Champions League group game between Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain on September 18, 2018
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1714303773045
2Manchester CityMan City17142148103844
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs17130431161539
4Chelsea17114235142137
5Arsenal17104337231434
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd177552929026
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves177461919025
8Everton176652422224
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham177372525024
10Watford177372325-224
11Bournemouth177282528-323
12Leicester CityLeicester176472121022
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton176382024-421
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle174491422-816
15Crystal Palace1743101423-915
16Cardiff CityCardiff1742111733-1614
17Southampton172691632-1612
18Burnley1733111533-1812
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1724111028-1810
20Fulham1723121642-269

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