Kylian Mbappe is a wanted man. The French striker for Ligue 1 club AS Monaco is one of the hottest properties in the game following a blistering season for the principality club. The Express say Manchester United and Chelsea are keen on the teenage sensation with big bids expected in the summer and there are others showing interest.
The highest bid doesn’t always deliver the best future for a player. Manchester United’s Anthony Martial left Monaco for United in September 2015 for an initial £36 million, the biggest transfer fee ever paid for a teenager, but he failed to fully establish himself at Old Trafford even though he is highly rated.
Trezeguet says to ESPN,
“I think he has everything to become a striker with an exceptional future. He needs to be given time. He enjoys it, he’s happy, he’s proud. At his age, that’s something unique.”
Trezeguet goes on to say,
“People are talking a lot about his future. Personally, I hope he’ll stay at Monaco to continue showing his qualities, but above all establish himself as a player. We mustn’t forget he’s just 18 years old. He has time to get to know the top level even if he’s at a club of a very high level. Everyone wants to play for Real, Barca, Juve with time.
“I think he has to still establish himself. In Monaco, there was the recent case of Martial, who left to go to Manchester United and it was a lot more difficult. When you leave France for a much better league, you have problems. That’s a very clear example. Mbappe, we all know he has qualities, but perhaps doing another year could be good for him, for Monaco and the France team.”
However, when asked by RMC whether he would be ready to let his club’s teenage prodigy leave for €100m, Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev said Mbappe is not for sale saying,
“He doesn’t have a price, unless he wants to leave, then we’ll sit down and talk, otherwise he doesn’t have a price at which he can leave.”
They would like to extend his contract to 2019 and goes on to say,
“We’d like him to stay at least another season, continue his great progress, help us to dream bigger and get results.”