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Saliba on growing up with Kylian Mbappe

Bondy is rapidly making a name for itself as a hotbed for footballing talent.

The northeastern suburb of Paris was where Kylian Mbappe learned his trade as a boy, and also where a young William Saliba took his first steps of his football journey.

"I grew up on an estate," our summer signing told Arsenal Player. "Honestly, growing up on an estate helps. You're together with all your mates, you get to play in your neighbourhood on the local five-a-side pitches. 

"You're all together, and everyone likes football there, so honestly it's easy. When you come from an estate, you've got the determination to get out of it.
 
"I know Kylian Mbappe, too. He went to my primary school when we were little, and his father was my coach when I was little, too."