Kylian Mbappe was ‘excluded’ from Monaco training last week after an altercation with a teammate, according to reports.
Mbappe has been the subject of intense speculation this summer, with a number of clubs interested in the forward.
Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Manchester City have been most regularly linked with making a move for him, while Barcelona, Arsenal and Liverpool are also interested.
The Frenchman did not feature in Monaco’s victory over FC Metz on Saturday, while he was an unused substitute the previous week against Dijon.
Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim denied that he is punishing the teenager.
“Was Mbappe punished? No, not at all,” he said last week. “With everything going on around an 18-year-old kid, it’s our responsibility to protect him from the storm.”
French newspaper L’Equipe have stoked the fire, claiming that Mbappe was involved in an altercation with a teammate last week, hence why he missed the win over Metz.
They report that Mbappe and defender Andrea Raggi engaged in an argument, and that the pair traded insults.
‘He refused to leave the field, determined not to move. All the other players had to train on another lawn,’ the story claims.
Reports on Sunday from Spain possibly conflated the issue, claiming that Mbappe was involved in a training-ground row with Jardim.
Mundo Deportivo claimed that Mbappe had been sent home after the argument, but it appears as though the situation actually involved Raggi, and not Jardim.
Training-ground bust-ups really are the only way to engineer a move, folks.