The Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe has been advised by France’s assistant coach Guy Stephan to remain with his club for at least one more season after saying that he would decide on his future in the summer.
A number of Europe’s top clubs, including Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal, have been linked with a move for the player after he impressed throughout this season.
Mbappe, who is just 18 years old, has scored 14 times in 14 Ligue 1 starts to take the team to the top of the table and he also helped the club reach the Champions League semi-finals where they were defeated 4 – 1 on aggregate to Juventus.
Last summer Mbappe signed a three year deal with Monaco but following his team’s 2 – 1 defeat at the Juventus Stadium he told reporters, “We have three matches until the end of the season, and I will then have two and a half months to see what I’m going to do.”
In March this year the France coach Didier Deschamps called Mbappe into his senior squad for the first time. However, Deschamps’ assistant, Stephan, said to L’Equipe TV this weekend, “From experience, I would have a tendency to say to him to stay at Monaco, to become a full first-team member.”
His comments are similar to those made by Karim Benzema, the France international striker who left Lyon for Real Madrid in 2009 and the age of 21. Benzema said, “I think you mustn’t leave too soon. Things go well, but the day when it goes less well, that’s the problem. He’s 18, how do you handle it when it doesn’t go as well, when people don’t speak as well about you, when you’re put under pressure?”