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Jose Mourinho Claims Opponents Are 'Afraid' Of Kylian Mbappe Like They Were Of Ronaldo

Jose Mourinho Claims Opponents Are 'Afraid' Of Kylian Mbappe Like They Were Of Ronaldo

Jose Mourinho has insisted that Kylian Mbappe is the only player to strike fear into the heart of opponents in the same way as the legendary Ronaldo.

The 20-year-old Paris Saint-Germain superstar has arguably become Europe's fastest-rising star and tipped to be a future Ballon d'Or winner.

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And former Manchester United and Chelsea boss Mourinho has hailed the impact of Mbappe and said his "qualities are absolutely incredible."

The 'Special One' told French programme Telefoot: "His playing style, what he can do in a football game, it's really special.

"And you have to be really special and have unique qualities [in football].

"When you look at the specificity of his qualities, he is really different from other players.

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"The only player that comes to my memory [to compare] is Ronaldo Nazario.

"They are players with unique qualities. When you play against them, you are afraid."

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Mbappe, who finished behind Lionel Messi in the race for the European Golden Shoe last season, has been in scintillating form for the defending French champions this campaign.

The former Monaco ace has made ten appearances across all competitions and scored an impressive nine times, along with registering four assists.

Mbappe came through the Monaco youth team and quickly broke into the senior side as he fired Monaco to the Ligue 1 title in the 2016-17 season.

The French forward would seal an initial loan move to PSG for the 2017-18 season before making the switch permanent in a sensational £165.7m move.

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Former Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev recalled how Mbappe said that he would turn down the chance to move to Real Madrid in favour of staying in France.

But Vasilyev believes that the World Cup winner's future lies away from the French capital and said a move to Los Blancos is "coming."

He told Telefoot: "Kylian told me: 'Vadim, I feel it deep inside me -- it is too early [to leave France].

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"'I have only played in my country for one year.

"'I am Parisian and I do not want to leave my country this way. I want to be a great player here, Real can wait.'

"It is coming [a move to Madrid], but he told me that was his feeling and he was right -- I congratulated him last Monday.

"I told him: 'They will come knocking and the entire Santiago Bernabeu will applaud when you arrive. You do not need confirmation to know that.'"

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Topics: Football News, Paris Saint-Germain, Jose Mourinho, Football, Ligue 1, PSG, Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

 

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