Kylian Mbappe has enjoyed an outstanding season but he was helpless to prevent Monaco from suffering a 2-0 defeat to Juventus last night.
The 18-year-old flashed glimpses of his ability, showcasing some neat touches and his scary speed, but was rather quiet in the second half as Monaco’s Champions League dreams were dealt a blow.
Still, Rio Ferdinand was impressed. When asked on BT Sport by Gary Lineker which Monaco player he would bring to Manchester United, Ferdinand instantly replied: “Mbappe”.
Ferdinand added, via the Metro: “He just goes through the gears – he’s so, so quick and he looks so effortless when he does it.
“And when he’s on the ball, he makes his mind up quick and leaves defenders for dead.
“Eighteen-years-old, you have to say, this season he’d scored in every single one of their knockout rounds before.
“Five goals in four games – that tells you that this kid is here to stay.”
Mbappe rejected Arsenal
Mbappe has caught the attention of Europe’s biggest clubs with 24 goals in all competitions this season, while also earning his first cap for France.
Indeed, Arsene Wenger paid the teenager a visit last year in a bid to convince him to join Arsenal.
The 67-year-old, however, found that Mbappe was comfortable at Monaco, the club he joined in 2013.
“The player would tell you that I was at his home last year to try to get him here,” Wenger said, per the Evening Standard. “Because he was at the end of [his] contract but Monaco managed to keep him and the decision was very, very tight.
“But I could understand it as well because he was educated there and at the end decided to stay there.”
Mbappe's mascot vs Juventus
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Mbappe stay at the Stade Louis II for another season. He’s still developing, is earning valuable minutes and wouldn’t have to leave his family.
Plenty of fans won’t have noticed that Mbappe’s mascot for the game against Juventus was actually his brother, Ethan.
Check out the photos of Mbappe with his 11-year-old sibling below.
If Mbappe leaves Monaco in the summer, which club will he sign for? Let us know in the comments section below!
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