Monaco’s newest superstar Kylian Mbappe has insisted that he will not be forced to make a move in the summer as he does not want to leave just yet.
The Frenchman has been linked with moves to Manchester United and Real Madrid, but insists that he will stay at the club as playing regular football is the most important thing for him right now.
Mbappe won the Ligue 1’s Young player of the Year award, having helped Monaco to their first title win since 2000.
It has been reported that the 18-year-old will be the subject of a world record transfer bid, with heavyweights like Madrid, United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City all interested in his services.
However, he has refused to be drawn into transfer conversation as he said: “I will make a choice based on my sporting career, and my career is first and foremost, and I am at an age where I need to play, and that will be paramount,”
“I’m not 35 or 36, an age where I have to manage [my body], I still have everything to learn, this year was discovery, and now comes the most important step: Confirmation.”
“And I will be the sole decision-maker, and I will not go anywhere where I will be forced to go.”
Asked if the World Cup will impact his decision, Mbappe said: “It will not matter, the pressure I always had it, I was mediated early, I learned to handle it, I got used to it and it’s part of my environment. Disrupts me, neither my family, nor the club.”
Kylian Mbappe enjoyed a stellar season with 26 goals in all competition – which pushed Monaco to the semi finals of the Champions League.
“In football, everything is possible, from the moment you work and you believe in your qualities,” he added.
“I always believed in myself, it wasn’t enough to want to, you have to give yourself the means [to succeed]. I didn’t know it was going to happen so fast, but I knew I wanted to do it.”