Alexander Ceferin: "Mbappe doesn't think about moving to Saudi Arabia"

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Aleksander Ceferin, the president of UEFA, believes that PSG forward and France world champion Kylian Mbappe, in reality, "does not dream of joining Saudi Arabia."

Ceferin cited the example of Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined the Saudi Pro League last winter, as an example of world football stars following the Portuguese example, albeit he doesn't believe Mbappe is currently of that mindset.

The president of UEFA simply thinks that players like Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland, "do not dream of joining Saudi Arabia," at least not at this point in their careers.

Ceferin also cited the example of China, which bought players at the end of their careers for a large sum a few years ago in an attempt to build a strong impact in world football and improve their presence around the world. However, China ultimately failed to develop and didn't even qualify for the World Cup they were aiming for.

He believes that this approach of spending vast amounts of money for the sake of landing some veterans is "not the right way to do things," although he acknowledged that there will always be players "who are not ambitious enough to aim for top competitions," instead favoring a move to a lesser country and lower-level league.

Ceferin believes that the best players at the top of their game do not think about moving to countries and leagues like those of Saudi Arabia and that the media and European football community "should focus on training players and coaches," to keep them around.

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