Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim has revealed that he expects teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe to stay at the club for the upcoming season despite interest from some of the major clubs in Europe.
Sensational Young striker
The 18-year old was the talk of last season after his incredible rise to the top of the football. He managed to score 26 goals for Monaco across all competitions and became the first teenager to score more than 15 league goals in the 21st century.
He had also done tremendously well in Champions League to prove his credibility as a top class striker. This has drawn interest from the likes of Arsenal and Real Madrid during the summer.
Arsene Wenger was tipped to make a world record 120m bid for the Frenchman while Zinedine Zidane was also determined to land him to Santiago Bernabeu.
The French club had some of the finest young players on their roster last season and had seen the likes of Bernardo Silva and Tiemoue Bakayoko seal summer moves to England but manager Jardim believes that youngster Mbappe will stay with the French outfit for next season.
‘Mbappe seems very calm, he is young and has great potential,’ Jardim, 42, said during Monaco’s pre-season tour.
‘He has only just joined up with the squad and so he needs to find his rhythm again, but I see he’s doing well.
‘I am counting on Mbappe as I am all of the players I have – I expect to have him here.’
Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had also revealed that the teenager might not move anywhere this summer due to many options.
‘Maybe he had too much choice, so in the end, people don’t move,’ the 67-year-old said in the weekend.
What does this mean to Mbappe?
Staying at Monaco is a pretty good decision made by the French striker as he did not fall for the speculations and moved to a bigger club before developing completely.
He would get more game time playing for Monaco this season and he could become a complete player before thinking of his future next summer. If he can maintain the level he was playing last season, he will still draw world record fee.