Manchester United target Kylian Mbappe has confirmed he will leave AS Monaco in the future to chase his dream of claiming the Ballon d’Or.
The 18-year-old has enjoyed a sensational first full season under Leonardo Jardim, claiming 24 goals in 38 games in all competitions.
It has been reported that Jose Mourinho had opened talks with the French club ahead of a potential bid for the youngster over the summer.
And Mbappe, speaking on the subject of his future, confirmed that he would seek to move elsewhere further down the line.
“I’d like to win the Ballon d’Or, the Champions League and be a regular starter for France,” he said. “I’d like to leave a mark with Monaco before I leave. I am only focused on this season.
“If the mind works well then anything can happen and this amazing season of Monaco proves it.”
Make no mistake, every major club capable of activating Mbappe’s astronomical release clause will be keenly watching over any movements made by the youngster over the next year or so.
It was initially thought by many, including myself, that interest in the 18-year-old was of a similar nature to Man United’s pursuit of Martial: a quick, promising young French striker capable of improving but by no means the finished article, and in many ways something of a gamble.
But Mbappe, through rip-displays against the likes of Borussia Dortmund, has made it abundantly clear to the watching world that, even at the age of 18, he is capable of dismantling the best in Europe. Mourinho will, no doubt, face serious competition for his signature.