French World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe could have signed for Chelsea in 2012 after undergoing a trial with the London club.
However, after being asked to return for a second training session, the player’s mother refused and they didn’t return to England.
Serge Daniel Boga, a Chelsea scout until 2014, has explained to Goal why the forward didn’t join the Blues.
“He took a trial and didn’t end up convincing us because he didn’t offer enough defensively,” he said.
“So, they asked his mother if he could come back for a second trial and she said no.”
At the time, Mbappe was playing for Bondy, a small club in the suburbs of Paris.
“My son will not go back, either they sign him now or within five years they’ll have to offer 50 million euros to tie him down,” his mother apparently said.
Boga admitted that the Stamford Bridge coaching staff wanted to see him again to analyse the defensive elements of his game.
“Defensively, he wasn’t quite there. When he received the ball he was incredible, but without the ball he didn’t do much,” he explained.
“He is the type of player that everyone wants to watch, he has everything required for a modern player and to continue being one of the best players in the next ten years.”
Now, at 19, Mbappe is worth far more than the 50 million euros that his mother had estimated.