Arsene Wenger urges 18-year-old striker to snub Chelsea, Man United move

The Arsenal manager believes Kylian Mbappe would be best-served staying at Monaco for another season

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Arsene Wenger believes Kylian Mbappe should remain at Monaco for another season ahead of interest from the Premier League this summer.

The France international has become one of the hottest prospects in European football thanks to his sensational performances in the Champions League.

Indeed, Mbappe has been instrumental in helping Monaco to reach the Champions League semi-finals after a return of five goals in eight appearances.

The 18-year-old was responsible for inspiring Monaco to a 6-6 aggregate win against Manchester City in the last 16 of Europe’s premier club competition.

Antonio Conte has been linked with a move to sign the France teenager at the end of the 2016-17 to bolster Chelsea’s attacking options.

Manchester United, meanwhile, have been reported to have made a £72m bid to sign Mbappe, which Ligue 1 leaders Monaco rejected ahead of the summer.

Former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires backed the north London club to win the race to sign Mbappe last week ahead of Chelsea and Manchester United.

However, Wenger has contradicted Pires after the Arsenal manager declared that Mbappe should stay at Monaco for another Premier League campaign.

“Can Arsenal get him? I don’t know, that’s down to him,” Wenger told beIN Sports.

“You know certainly as I do that today he will decide where he goes and say: Real Madrid? Maybe. Barcelona? Maybe. Arsenal? Manchester? He can go where he wants.

“So I don’t know what are his deep aspirations but maybe the best thing for him is to stay one more year at Monaco.”

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