Nicolas Anelka is urging Kylian Mbappe to consider putting his batting skills in the red to one of the giants of English or Spanish football.
In a letter published by Athletic, Anelka, 42, wrote: “The French league is not easy, don’t get me wrong, but I think the most difficult league is in England. So if you want to be one of the best, do what you do in Paris but with Chelsea or United or Arsenal or Manchester City or Liverpool.
“Or go to Spain to Madrid or Barcelona. Or maybe Italy. You have done so well since arriving in Monaco and taking your step to a new level at Paris-Saint Germain.
“It looks like you’ll be staying another year, so there’s a lot to choose from. You have at least two choices: stay in Paris or move to Real Madrid. Both can win the Champions League these days.
“When I was at PSG, this was not the case. This choice depends on what you want to achieve in football. If you want the biggest accolades, you’ll have to quit PSG at some point. The best leagues are in England and Spain, so you haven’t gone up against the best players in the best league.
“You will have to decide. If you want to win the Ballon d’Or, which is what you should be looking for to echo Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, you will have to compete with the best. You can’t say you compete with the best all the time when you’re at PSG.