“Can I guarantee that Mbappe will stay? That [a guarantee] does not exist. Not in football, not in private life, not in society. I cannot answer you. He is shining, it is a source of great pride for us, and we are going to gently begin negotiations for him to stay at Monaco. He is happy, everything is going well, he is surrounded by a project and there is no reason for anything to be done differently.”
The 18-year-old has broken on to the scene this season with 17 goals and 10 assists in 31 games in all competitions, including two against United’s arch rivals Manchester City in the Champions League, attracting attention from across Europe.
If Mbappe is brought to the club, it would undoubtedly please manager Jose Mourinho, who has spoken out to criticise some of the club’s recent transfer activity as he told BBC Sport that he would not have sold some players who have left Old Trafford in recent years, saying:
“Manchester United sold players that I would never sell and bought players that I would never buy. I would never have sold Di Maria, Chicharito, Danny Welbeck – never, no chance.”
It seems that Mourinho is far from happy with how the money from those sales was re-invested into the first team squad too, and the arrival of a player like Mbappe could be welcomed by the Portuguese manager.
Mourinho was far happier with the performance of his team this week as he reacted to the win over Middlesbrough on Sunday explaining that it topped off a great week for the side as he told the club website:
“It is fantastic because we managed in the same week to go to the quarter-finals of the Europa League, which is an important competition for us, and at the same time we got these three points that keep us in the race for the fourth position. So we still have two doors open to play Champions League football next season and that is a good thing of the week.”
Marouane Fellaini, Jesse Lingard and Antonio Valencia were all on the scoresheet as the side emerged victorious to climb to fifth despite missing the likes of Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
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