French teenage sensation, Kylian Mbappe will still be a Monaco player next season, according to the club’s former star Ludovic Giuly.
Mbappe who has enjoyed a breakout season having scored 22 goals; including five in four Champions League knockout games – and has reportedly attracted interest from a number of top sides.
However, Giuly, who had two spells at Monaco, reaching the final of Europe’s elite competition in 2004, has called for the hype around Mbappe to be calmed ahead of a second full senior campaign.
“[Mbappe] has a contract with Monaco and he is going to be here for another year,” Giuly, now an executive at the club, said.
“There has to be complete calmness with him. He has a lot of talent and we are happy with him.
“It’s normal to be in the sights of big clubs, but we hope that Mbappe, like the others, remains at Monaco. Otherwise they will need to bring out a check with many zeros.”
Giuly was speaking after Monaco were paired with Serie A giants Juventus in the last four, and is predicting a tough test for the “smallest team” in the tournament.
“Juventus are a very difficult opponent, but all of the teams left in the semi-finals are massive teams,” he said.
“We are the smallest team, but we will fight in the two games. We are very happy.
“They have a great team, and we have no experience, but we will see how it goes.
“We are already delighted to be in the semi-finals and we give our all to get to the final in Cardiff.
“We have nothing to lose and we are proud we can face a strong team like Juventus.
“Right now we are in the clouds: our strength is the quality of the squad, a good corporate structure and a coach who is doing very well.”