Kylian’s Last Stand?

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar August 28, 2017 10:42

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Kylian’s Last Stand?

By Satish Sekar at Monaco’s Stade Louis II © Satish Sekar (August 27th 2017)

No Loss

Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappé may have played his match for AS Monaco. Speculation swirled around the Principality that Mbappé, who had refused to sign a new contract, had forced a move to bitter rivals Paris Saint-Germain.

Mbappé was on the bench, an unused substitute during the 6-1 drubbing of Olympique Marseille. Polish defender Kamil Glik opened the scoring within a couple of minutes after latching on to Thomas Lemar’s free-kick. The match was over as a contest after 35 minutes after Monaco’s captain Radamel Falcao completed a brace – a penalty and a close-range header from Glik’s nod-on.

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Marcos Mesquita Lopes’ sterling efforts on the wing resulted in a tap-in for Adama Diakhaby to make it four as half time arrived. Monaco understandably took their foot off the gas in the second half. Almost half way through the second half Djibril Sidibé headed in Monaco’s fifth, which was eventually prompted a response from Marseille. Substitute Rémy Cabella finally beat Danijel Subašic with an assist from Florian Thauvin.

There was to be no hat-trick for el Tigre – he was brought off to a rapturous reception. Moments later referee, Ruddy Buquet pointed to the spot again after Hiroki Sakai’s clumsy challenge on Jorge de Oliveira Moraes gave him little option. In Falcao’s absence Fabio Tavares converted the penalty and completed the scoring.

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Bizarrely, given the rumours that it was already a done deal – it had been announced that the clubs had agreed a deal of a season’s loan with an option to buy at £143m plus add-ons, smashing the record set just a couple of days earlier by Barçelona’s purchase of Ousmane Dembélé, for the transfer of such a young player – Monaco coach, Leonardo Jardim, named Mbappé in his squad.

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Mbappé’s move is not definite as there are still matters pending a medical in Paris tomorrow. After the £198m purchase of Neymar, PSG must convince UEFA that it does not breach Financial Fair Play regulations. UEFA President Aleksandr Čeferin insists that transgressors will be punished severely.

Mbappé didn’t get on – he wasn’t needed, but perhaps he was never intended to – perhaps the idea was to let Monaco’s faithful let him know exactly what they thought of him. They loudly jeered the announcement of his name and even when he was shown on the bench. Mbappé breezed through mixed zone without stopping to talk to reporters.

The ‘transfer’ will be resolved during the international break. Mbappé has been called up by France coach Didier Deschamps, but first there is the medical.

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar August 28, 2017 10:42