Kylian Mbappe is “more mature in his game” than Thierry Henry was at the same age, according to Remi Garde.
Mbappe has emerged as one of Europe’s most coveted talents after a remarkable breakthrough campaign for Monaco.
The Frenchman has scored 24 goals in 38 games in his first full season as a professional, and has earned many admirers ahead of the summer transfer window.
Manchester United are reported to have already had a bid rejected, while Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal have also been linked.
Former Gunner Garde, who won the Premier League title with the north London club during his three-year spell, has gone one further than simply stating that Mbappe and Thierry Henry are comparable.
“So far he reminds me of Thierry [Henry]. Maybe he is more mature in his game already than Thierry was at the same time,” he told The Guardian. “When you consider what Thierry went on to achieve in the game it is amazing.
“The advice would be to stay focused and not to forget you have everything at the moment in Monaco to become a better player. You have time in future to choose and change everything in your football life,” he said.
“If Mbappé is playing well it’s partly because alongside him is [Radamel] Falcao, a very experienced player. He has a very well-balanced team around him and a good manager.
Football is very fragile. We have seen gifted players have a very good start who choose not to concentrate any more on football and focus on advertising or media or choose the wrong clubs at the wrong time.
“If you can, stay concentrated only on football, please. Don’t forget you are only 18. Keep your dream of when you were a child, and try to forget everything around you when you are on the pitch. Realise what an opportunity it is to play in such a good collective team.”