Antonio Conte talks up reported Chelsea transfer target: ‘He’s very important’
Antonio Conte reveals that he is a big fan of Monaco starlet Kylian Mbappe following his sparkling displays this season
Antonio Conte has admitted that he is a huge admirer of Monaco starlet Kylian Mbappe amid speculation linking the teenager with a summer transfer to Chelsea.
The 18-year-old has emerged as one of Europe’s top attacking players in recent weeks following his sparkling displays for the Ligue 1 side.
Both Chelsea and Manchester United have been touted as possible destinations for Mbappe this summer should he leave Monaco.
Conte is clearly a big fan of the young attacker and his comments about the Frenchman are likely to do little to quell the speculation linking him with a possible summer transfer to Stamford Bridge.
Speaking in an interview with SFR Sport, Conte said: “I don’t like to speak about players from other teams but in this case I think it’s normal to tell that he’s a really good prospect.
“He’s a prospect who’s very important for football. For sure, he’s very young and he’s [got] a lot of room to improve.
“He has great characteristics to become a top [player].”
Conte is currently preparing his Chelsea team for their crunch clash against Middlesbrough in the Premier League on Monday night as they look to take a step closer towards winning the title.
The Blues need to win two of their remaining four games to lift the top-flight trophy in Conte’s first campaign in charge.