Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe looks increasingly likely to remain at Monaco next season, though he could yet move clubs if his mother gets her way.
The 18-year-old is one of Europe’s most in-demand players after a sensational breakout campaign in which he scored 15 league goals and became the youngest scorer in a Champions League final, garnering interest from Arsenal, Real Madrid, PSG, Manchester United and others.
Several reports in France now believe he will stick it out for one more year in Monaco rather than risk his World Cup place elsewhere, even signing a lease to rent a house close to the club’s training centre.
However, France Football claim that there is still one person who could convince Mbappe to leave the Stade Louis II this summer: his mum.
Fayza Lamari is the only member of the Mbappe household firmly pushing for the teenager to leave, and wants him to move to Real Madrid.
Belle journée avec 2 séances avec le sourire jamais loin 😆📸⚽️ pic.twitter.com/RXNrDot0xb
— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) July 11, 2017
The Spanish giants – who won La Liga and the Champions league last season – sent French idol Zinedine Zidane and club president Florentino Perez to meet Mbappe and his camp, a move that obviously impressed his mother.
Arsene Wenger has also met the young starlet, speaking for three hours after England played France, while PSG boss Unai Emery travelled to Bondy in Paris to meet Mbappe’s father, Wilfried.
Nevertheless, all the signs point to Mbappe remaining a Monaco player next season, and he could even sign a new contract worth in excess of £100,000-per-week.
That would act almost as a loyalty bonus for committing another season to the Ligue 1 champions, who would begrudgingly let him leave in the summer of 2018 if he so desired.
Kylian Mbappe's Ligue 1 stats 2016/17Games played29Goals15Assists8
Mbappe’s desire to play in the World Cup seems to be his driving force in staying at Monaco, with the youngster concerned that a move to Real would seem him sitting on the bench behind the famous BBC attack.
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He was also wary of joining PSG, given that Emery had historically only ever used one striker up top and would be unlikely to axe last season’s top scorer Edinson Cavani.
Mbappe linked up with the rest of the Monaco squad for pre-season training this week and appears happy to be back with his teammates, and he could play a part in the club’s next pre-season friendly against Stoke City on Saturday.