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

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Monaco starlet Kylian Mbappe Photo: Kylian Mbappe / Instagram

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].”

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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.

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