Kylian Mbappe is the most exciting teenager in European football. Fact.
The Monaco striker has taken France and the Champions League by storm this season. Only 18-years-old, he’s scored 25 goals in all competitions this season leading to comparisons with many all-time greats.
Among them was Thierry Henry, the Arsenal legend who started off at AS Monaco.
Another Monaco graduate, one who also played with Henry and enjoyed success with the French national team, has spoken about Mbappe – and given him a clear warning. Make your next move carefully.
David Trezeguet is a footballing legend most often associated with Juventus. He joined the Italian giants from the Ligue 1 club in 2000 and scored 171 goals in a ten-year spell with the club.
Speaking about Mbappe, Trezeguet was complimentary: “I think he has everything to become a striker with an exceptional future. He needs to be given time. He enjoys it, he’s happy, he’s proud. At his age, that’s something unique.
“People are talking a lot about his future. Personally, I hope he’ll stay at Monaco to continue showing his qualities, but above all establish himself as a player. We mustn’t forget he’s just 18 years old. He has time to get to know the top level even if he’s at a club of a very high level. Everyone wants to play for Real, Barca, Juve with time.”
Trezeguet pointed to Anthony Martial, who left Monaco for Manchester United in 2015. The striker had a good first season but followed up that campaign’s goal tally of 17 with just eight in a difficult second season.
“I think he [Mbappe] has to still establish himself,” the former Juventus forward continued. “In Monaco, there was the recent case of Martial, who left to go to Manchester United and it was a lot more difficult.
“When you leave France for a much better league, you have problems. That’s a very clear example. Mbappe, we all know he has qualities, but perhaps doing another year could be good for him, for Monaco and the France team.”