Wilfrid and Fayza Mbappé look at Kylian grow in Bondy. They saw every step he took from his run between his home and the Léo-Lagrance pitch, 200 meters away, to his move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Although these pitches are now artificial surfaces, when Kylian Mbappe was a youngster, they were dirt fields, and his neighbors say he spent hours in those fields every day, and there’s probably nowhere else he spent more time than there , before taking his first steps with Association Deportiva Bondy.
His family ties with the club and the city are strong. His father played there at the amateur level and was also a coach. His mother played handball for the same club in the 1990s, and it was Fayza who took Kylian there for the first time at only four years old. He stayed there until he was 14, when he left for monaco.
MbappeThe world was small. He played football, he went to school and he lived in a small neighborhood. He spent his days playing football in the street, and Kylian always held out a friendly hand to everyone he met.
“He didn’t hang out with his friends much,” said a childhood friend taylor at the Parisian. “His life was school, home and sleep. He knew he would get through this.
“He was determined to succeed, to get out of the neighborhood. It’s normal that he comes here now sometimes. He knows the street, the people, he made it here and it’s his home.”
Everyone in Bondy says the same thing, both on Mbappe and the region.
“We were trained by his father for several years,” said Rayan Yanga, another childhood friend of Mbappe. “His life revolved around his home, his school and football. The pitch was his favorite place and where he went the most.
“We played there and Kylian must have scored a thousand goals there. He lived on the land and could see it from his window. He was there every day and in the summer he trained there alone with his father.”
Bondy always follows Mbappe‘s life, with everyone taking an interest in it. This interest will sharply increase when he joins real Madrid.
“His parents always insisted on education,” said Mbappeis the former guardian Yannick Saint-Aubert. “Because it was difficult for him not to lose focus with football.”
next week with PSG against Real MadridBondy will be watching closely. Kylian will play, dreaming of turning a dream into reality. If he leaves PSG or not, Bondy doesn’t care, because he’ll never turn his back on where he came from.