Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Rio Ferdinand has urged his former club to do their best to acquire the services of Kylian Mbappe. The Frenchman became the youngest holder of the 2018 World Cup at the age of 19 after Les Bleus secured a comfortable 4-2 win over Croatia on Sunday.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Ferdinand did not hold back on his praise on Mbappe, who excelled during the course of the summer World Cup. He added that United should really make an attempt to sign the teenager, who he fancies to oust Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo from their dominance of the Ballon d’Or.
“He [Mbappe] is a superstar. It wasn’t a shock for him to do that in a World Cup Final. He is the guy that Cristiano and Messi are handing the crown over to. I hope my old club is chasing him. I hope they’ve got their cheque book out, saying ‘whatever it costs, we’ll take you’,” he said.
The £166million star has reached extraordinary heights over the past 24 months where he has progressed from a bench-warmer to become a vital figure for France in their World Cup triumph and he now has the opportunity to become a genuine world-class performer by keeping himself grounded without any distractions.
United have not made any sort of approach for Mbappe during the ongoing transfer window but the Frenchman could be the subject of a big-money move to Real Madrid this summer, now that Cristiano Ronaldo is no longer at the club. Mbappe is presently contracted to Paris Saint-Germain until June 2022.