Mbappe sends message to Tuchel after UCL win, as Westham announce 3year deal for Chelsea midfielder
Former PSG and Chelsea manager Tuchel and Mbappe both came close to winning the competition last year at Paris Saint-Germain as they were beaten in the final by Bayern Munich.
Mbappe thrived under Tuchel’s guidance at PSG and the French forward believes his former manager can become one of the world’s best coaches’. However, the 22-year-old also praised Tuchel’s tactical nous.
‘After the Euros, I’m going to call him because I have a really good relationship with him,’ Mbappe said in an interview with Sport Bild.
‘He’s fantastic tactically. He knows exactly how opponents will behave and can predict matches very accurately.
‘And it must also be taken into account – he is still a very young coach. He can become one of the best coaches of the future.
‘He proved it with his victory in the Champions League.’
‘He’s a shark, in his mentality… he wants to grab everything that he can have. This is the mentality that you need.
‘And I mean it in a positive way because he’s a nice guy in private and in person, super nice guy, super intelligent, super funny.
‘But once he’s on the pitch he’s a shark and that’s what the best guys are.
‘If you drop one drop of blood in the water they arrive, and this is Kylian.’
Westham announce 3year deal for Chelsea midfielder
Premier League club West Ham have completed the signing of Pierre Ekwah Elimby from Chelsea for an undisclosed fee.
The 19 year old midfielder signed a three year contract with West Ham.
“I feel really good signing for West Ham,” Ekwah told West Ham TV. “I’m really happy in myself. I want to thank the Club for the opportunity they have given me. It’s a big achievement for me.
“I really think that West Ham is a Club where everyone is working all together. The U23s and the first team work really closely to each other, and I think that young players here have got a good chance of breaking into the first team, as they have done in the past.
“Loads of young players have reached the first team: Declan Rice has been captain, and he’s so young and playing so well. Mark Noble is an unbelievable player who’s been there and done the same. I just want to do similarly to them.
“When West Ham gave me the opportunity to come in for two weeks, I took it, saw how the Club worked, and I just enjoyed it. They gave me the opportunity to sign and I said ‘Yeah, I’m taking this shirt away!’”
“I like creative players, and players who break things up as well. I’m a ball player as well, so that’s the position I really enjoy playing in,” he added. “I would say, because I’m French, Zinedine Zidane [was my idol]! He was my guy. [I also like] Kaka, Andrea Pirlo, Claude Makelele…
“I wasn’t looking at just one player, I was literally looking at every single team who had that midfielder who was the break-up player or the playmaker, I was just looking at them and taking in everything I could. I still do it when I watch football.
“I’m really looking forward to getting started here. It’s a big thing.”