Prince Albert II made a royal intervention into this year’s biggest transfer saga as he revealed he is confident that Kylian Mbappe will remain at Monaco, despite Europe’s heavyweight clubs lining up moves for the 18-year-old striker.
Mbappe, who returned to pre-season training on Monday, scored 26 goals last season as Monaco won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-final.
Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool and Manchester United are all among those linked with a move for the France international but the principality’s ruler Prince Albert II is sure Mbappe will stay at the Stade Louis II.
‘I don’t think [that he will leave],’ Prince Albert II told L’Equipe. ‘There are ongoing discussions that make me think he will be at Monaco nest season.
‘The discussions relate to a possible wage hike. But I think that he has understand, his father too, that it is not yet in his interest to go to a huge club, where he is not assured playing time, even if (Zinedine) Zidane has said that he would receive playing time at Real Madrid.’
Paris Saint-Germain have also been reported to be lining up a move for Mbappe as Unai Emery plots a way to return to the zenith of French football.
But Prince Albert does not believe PSG will be able to lure Mbappe.
‘No. It is my opinion and I think that it is also that of [Monaco vice-president] Vadim Vasilyev.’
Originally published at Daily Mail