Arsene Wenger: PSG striker Kylian Mbappe could be the next Pele

Sports Illustrated

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has some high praise for 18-year-old striker Kylian Mbappe.

According to Wenger’s assessment, Mbappe could be the next Pele.

“He [Mbappe] can be like Pele, there are no limits to his game,” Wenger said on the French TV show Telefoot on Saturday.

“We can already see the difference in the calls he makes [to receive the ball]). He scores but he also creates — only the very best players can do this.

Mbappe joined PSG on a season-long loan from Monaco on deadline day which included a clause for the club to buy him for €180 million, plus bonuses, next summer.

Despite the high price tag, Wenger remains interested.

“€180m is a little high for us,” Wenger admitted.

“For 90 percent of players, their career depends on their choice of club. Kylian is part of the 10 percent where any choice he makes will be a good one.”