“It’s not hot there,” was the response of Paris St Germain and French star Kylian Mbappé after being told he has been signed for Newcastle United.
Sadly for Newcastle United supporters, Mbappe’s move to Tyneside came on the Football Manager 2021, with his fellow French international Antoine Griezmann currently in charge of the Magpies on the popular football management simulation game.
Last month Griezmann took to social media to show his Newcastle side winning the Premier League, and this weekend he was filmed explaining the success he has had at St James’ Park – winning five titles in one season.
That including the Premier League and Champions League – as Griezmann self-proclaimed ‘what a coach – I am the god of English football.’
Sitting next to his Barcelona team-mate Ousmane Dembélé, he urged him to ‘tell them’, although Dembélé looked far from impressed.
The Barcelona star did finally tell Griezmann ‘you have no more to prove’.
Griezmann then turned his attention to Mbappe.
“I have you in Newcastle, I bought you for €134m,” he told Mbappe.
The PSG star responded as laughter sounded in the background: “Newcastle? It’s not hot there!”
Last summer when confidence was high that the takeover would go through, the bookies had odds for Mbappe to be signed by the new consortium, leading to accusations of Toon supporters getting carried away by what then seemed an impending wealth to spend.
United fans, as always, took it in good spirits, with many pointing out that Mbappe would love the bridges.
This isn’t the first time that FC Barcelona star Griezmann has bragged about his Football Manager success.
Back in 2019, Griezmann took charge of Arsenal and signed players like Jadon Sancho, Joao Felix, Frenkie De Jong, Raphael Varane and Matthijis de Ligt, showing that he’s got a decent eye for spotting future stars!
The France World Cup winner is an avid gamer and has been seen playing games like PES, FIFA and Fornite, with the 30-year-old even producing a Fortnite-inspired goal celebration in the 2018 World Cup finals. He also has his own esports organisation, called Grizi Esport, who compete on titles like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, FIFA, Rainbow Six Siege and Fortnite.
Football Manager (FM) is the world’s leading football management simulation title. The latest edition of the game, FM21, is out now on PC, Mac, Mobile, Touch and Xbox.
The Football Manager database currently contains data on more than 800,000 individuals and 45,000 active clubs.
Data is sourced from their international on the ground scouting network which numbers roughly 1,000 people, among their ranks are some who are involved in football in professional capacities, including scouts and coaches.