Mbappe ‘needs to move for sporting reasons’ – Vasilyev

Kylian Mbappe has not asked to leave Monaco, according to the club’s vice president Vadim Vasilyev, who says the 18-year-old striker “needs to move for sporting reasons.”

Mbappe has been linked with Real Madrid, Manchester City and most recently Barcelona, but played for Monaco in their opening fixture of the Ligue 1 season on Friday night.

Speaking to reporters after that game, Vasilyev appeared to admit the player is likely to leave this summer.

“Mbappe will make the right decision,” he said. “He has never expressed a wish to leave us. We are, however, in conversation with him and contrary to what you may have seen in the press, it is not simply a case of money. It’s more complicated than that. The player needs to move for the sake of sporting reasons.”

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Meanwhile, the injury which forced Mbappe out of Monaco’s 3-2 win against Toulouse on Friday will not keep the player out for long.

“It’s nothing serious,” Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim told his postmatch news conference. “In two or three days it will be better.”

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