Author: firstname.lastname@example.org (Gareth Bicknell)
This post originally appeared on Mirror – Football
The 22-year-old has previously been linked with interest from City – but is more commonly touted as a target for Real Madrid and Liverpool with his PSG contract set to expire next summer.
And Pochettino has revealed that while he converses with his star man in French, Spanish and English, Mbappe prefers to speak to him in the latter as he looks to master the language.
“He’s only 22 but very mature, confident in his talent and open. He can speak French, of course, but also perfect English and Spanish.
“I speak in English and Spanish with him – more English than Spanish. I said to him the other day: ‘I need to practise my French with you, to improve,’ and he said: ‘Sure, but it’s better for me to talk in English.’ He loves to practise different languages.”
Pochettino grew up in Spanish-speaking Argentina – so the fact Mbappe prefers to talk to his manager in English could speak volumes as to whether the France star sees his future in the Premier League or La Liga.
He has been long been linked with a move to Madrid, although the Spanish club’s current financial problems could make that difficult.
Mbappe has also previously admitted his admiration for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool – although finances could similarly be a problem, with the club’s latest accounts revealing pre-tax losses of £46million to the end of May last year.
PSG are of course hoping to tie the World Cup winner down to a new deal, having beaten to Madrid to his signature when he bought him from Monaco for £130m in 2018.