Clubs on alert as Mbappe says he’s ‘not afraid to leave’

Date published: Wednesday 31st May 2017 8:40

Kylian Mbappe claims he is “not afraid to leave” Monaco but is still keeping his cards close to his chest over his future at the club.

The 18-year-old has lit up Ligue 1 and the Champions League this season with 26 goals in all competitions for the French side.

His fantastic breakthrough season has alerted clubs to his talents with Real Madrid reportedly leading the chase for his signature, while clubs such as Manchester United and Liverpool are also understood to be interested.

“Why play less?” Mbappe asked. “I’ll have time to reflect on that and, no, I’m not afraid to leave.”

Mbappe admits that although Real boss Zinedine Zidane was his idol growing up, a chance to play under the legend would not necessarily sway his decision.

“I dreamed of Zidane the player, not the coach,” Mbappe said.

“Zidane the player made me dream and still makes me dream when I watch videos of him.

“The coach is completely different, he is a great coach who has quickly achieved results and continues to develop.”

France coach Didier Deschamps has played a role in Mbappe’s development and the teenager will listen to what the national boss has to say on any potential move.

“The advice of [Deschamps] counts. That will not guide my choice, but it will count. I do not think I will go to his office to ask.

“But there’s plenty of time to think about all this. There are important matches for France.”

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