Real Madrid defender Ferland Mendy has revealed he rejected the opportunity to join Paris Saint-Germain two years ago.
The full-back, who is of Senegalese descent, was born in Meulan-en-Yvelines – near Paris – and spent eight years of his youth career at the club.
However, he has explained how he turned down a return in the summer of 2017 when instead opting to join Lyon from Le Havre.
The France international is now set to face the Ligue 1 champions this week as Los Blancos take on PSG in the Champions League group stage in Paris.
“There was a chance to join PSG then, but the truth is, I was not really interested,” Mendy told Canal+ in France.
“I had already agreed to join Lyon at that stage and I had already left PSG earlier in my career, after they had given me the opportunity in their youth teams after I thought I may need an amputation.
“I am from Paris and my family will be at the match on Tuesday, it will be a special occasion for me.”