David James Exclusive: Guardiola Could Make Mbappe Even Better
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David James Exclusive: Guardiola Could Make Mbappe Even Better

David James believes Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe could “get even better" if he got the chance to work under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. Mbappe has already notched 163 goals and 83 assists in 210 appearances for PSG at the age of just 23 – including 31 goals and 22 assists in 39 outings across all competitions this season. The Frenchman is out of contract at the end of the campaign and has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid as a free agent, though Les Parisiens are still bidding to keep him at the Parc des Princes. But former City goalkeeper James feels the frontman can reach even greater heights – and thinks Guardiola offers him the best chance of maximising his talents. And the ex-England international has likened Mbappe to 21-year-old Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland, who has 80 goals in just 84 games for the Bundesliga outfit.


Mbappe Would Thrive Under Guardiola

Speaking exclusively to Genting, he said: “Kylian Mbappe could be a great option at Man City and get even better under Pep Guardiola.

"He comes into the same bracket as Erling Haaland, in the fact he can become even better under the right coach who could make him even better."

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City Able To Meet Wage Demands

James does not think that title rivals Liverpool would be able to compete financially for Mbappe’s signature, however – given their more limited wage structure and ongoing negotiations with star winger Mohamed Salah over a new contract.

City would have no such problems meeting the France star’s salary demands though, and Jame believes the forward would fit into Guardiola’s system well.

"From a Liverpool perspective wages could be a stumbling block – and that's not to say they are cheap by any stretch," he continued.

"He can demand a lot more money from other clubs, and then you look at where he can fit into that Manchester City side."






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