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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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1Liverpool31237170185276
2Manchester CityMan City30242479215874
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs30201957322561
4Arsenal30186663392460
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd30177658401858
6Chelsea30176750331757
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves30128103836244
8Watford30127114244-243
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham31126134146-542
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11Everton31117134342140
12Bournemouth31115154356-1338
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3198143140-935
14Crystal Palace3096153641-533
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2996143242-1033
16Southampton3079143450-1630
17Burnley3186173559-2430
18Cardiff CityCardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3145222970-4117
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3135231857-3914

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