Prince Albert II called Monaco’s Ligue 1 title “extraordinary”, in the middle of giving his reaction to the club’s 2-0 victory over Saint-Etienne that clinched the principality’s first French title since 2000. Thanks to goals from Kylian Mbappe and Valere Germain, Prince Albert II could say this after the game: “This group is extraordinary, talented and very good-spirited, led by a great coach. It is a work of a whole team, but also of the staff, and the supporters.” The Prince also expressed his optimism over Monaco’s future in football, saying that, “I think this team has a tremendous talent with young people who can still progress.”
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As for Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim, he talked about how coaching a team that was not favored going into the season made the victory so much sweeter. “This is the most important trophy of my life as a coach. We have worked a lot for 11 months. But the best thing came up with this title… It’s my biggest achievement. Monaco winning the league is the equivalent of Paris Saint-Germain winning it four times.”
As for the future of the team, even if Prince Albert believes Monaco will continue to contend, he does recognize that some changes may be coming to the roster. “They cannot all stay. There will necessarily be some departures,” the Prince said as the hype from the victory wore off. Some players that will be heavily coveted by other clubs this offseason include Mbappe, Thomas Lemar and Bernardo Silva. While discussing that, he also revealed that he has inside knowledge that the 18-year-old Mbappe does feel comfortable with the team and that his father would like him to stay. It is rumored that acquiring Mbappe would require an astronomical 100 million pound fee, but Real Madrid, Manchester United and Manchester City have been rumored to still be interested in the rising superstar.