Monaco’s star youngster Kylian Mbappe revealed over the weekend that he is obsessed with winning the Champions League and is more concerned with his team’s success than individual glory.
In recent weeks Mbappe has reportedly rejected advances from some of the continent’s top clubs including the Champions League winners Real Madrid as well as Premier League sides such as Manchester City and Liverpool. Over the weekend it also became clear that Arsenal are more than likely to fail in their endeavour to sign him despite rumours of a bid in excess of £100 million.
Mbappe, who is just 18 years old, took Monaco to the semi-finals of the Champions League last season before they lost to eventual runners-up Juventus. Over the weekend he told Telefooti that it is more important for him to eventually win the Champions League trophy than the Ballon d’Or, the prize awarded to the season’s best player.
He said, “[The Champions League] is a dream, a competition that everyone wants to win and that only a minority can win, the most important are the titles. That would be much more of an obsession for me than the Ballon d’Or, for example. I want to touch the stars and, when you dream, you do not dream of playing the middle of the table or maintaining it.”
Last season Mbappe scored an impressive 26 goals and provided 14 assists earning him his first call-up to the French national team. He went on to say that he is eager to represent France at next summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia, “[The 2018 World Cup] is the number one goal at international level,” he added. “As I always say, dreams are good but it’s up to me to work for them.”