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Monaco’s Vice-President Vadim Vasilyev has denied speculation that his side star-youngster Kylian Mbappe has asked to leave the club this summer.
Mbappe had a sparkling season with Monaco last campaign, netting 26 goals in 44 appearances across all competitions. On top of this, he led his side to their first Ligue 1 title since 2000 and guided Monaco to the Champions League semi-finals – bagging six goals in just nine Champions League games.
The Frenchman is now the most sought-after player in European football, with a number of European giants being linked with a move for the 18-year-old. Teams in the likes of Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Arsenal have all been rumoured to have been interested in signing him this summer.
Despite all these reports, he has remained quiet concerning his future. Also, speaking after their champions 3-2 victory over Bordeaux on the opening day of Ligue 1 season, the club’s Vice-President Vadmin Vasilyev confirmed that no such transfer request had been received.
He said (via Eurosport): “I assure you there is no agreement with a club. We have very great demand for Mbappe. He’s the biggest prospect in world football.
“We are discussing an extension with Kylian. I hope we’ll get there.”
Also speaking to L’Equipe in exclusive interview last Friday via ESPN, when asked if Monaco would be tempted to sell him should another off like Manchester United’s potential £80m offer for Anthony Martial arise, Vasilyev was again quick to dismiss any speculation.
He said: “Kylian is a child of the club. He embodies the quality of our youth academy. He has parents who are very intelligent and who know the world of football very well.
“We’ll do everything for him to stay and it’s very possible that he is there next season. I don’t see why he would leave.”
Monaco will be looking to do everything they can to keep their 18-year-old wonderkid at the club as Monaco look to defend their Ligue 1 title.