Leonardo Jardim, the Monaco coach, has said that he wants to keep Kylian Mbappe at the club but said that it is possible that he may lose more members of his team over the summer.
Mbappe has been linked with numerous clubs and there are reports that Arsenal are preparing an offer of £125 million for the player.
Jardim said that he hasn’t yet spoken to Mbappe about his future but that he feels the club can keep him for the time being.
Speaking over the weekend he said, “I have not spoken to him, because he knows how we work, that we want to keep him. I think the club and he will make the best decision.”
Jardim is hoping that Mbappe doesn’t follow in the footsteps of Bernardo Silva, Nabil Dirar and Valere Germain over the next few weeks.
Other members of the team linked with transfers include Thomas Lemar, Fabinho, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Benjamin Mendy. Jardim has said that there is a chance that he will lose some of them as well.
“I hope to keep the right players,” he said. “It is not just me, all the coaches of the world [would] like to keep the best players. But with the Monaco project, maybe it’s not possible to always keep the best. We’re going to look at what’s going to happen. Three players left. Other players could leave us. Everyone knows our project. It did not change even if we have won the title. The project is the same. The goal is still win. Nothing changed.”
Jardim also said that he believes that training young players is vital in order to maintain the quality of the team’s game. He said that the only difference he sees in the upcoming season is that they will be starting as defending champions.