Karim Benzema offers advice to Kylian Mbappe amid Man United link
The Real Madrid striker warns Man United target Kylian Mbappe that the challenge will be establishing himself in the long-term
Karim Benzema has warned Kylian Mbappe that the Monaco starlet’s biggest challenge will be establishing himself in the long-term.
The France teenager has blossomed into one of Europe’s most-exciting players following a breakthrough campaign at Monaco.
Mbappe played a vital role in helping the Ligue 1 side to reach the Champions League semi-finals before a 4-1 loss to Serie A giants Juventus in the semi-finals.
The 18-year-old scored five times in nine appearances in the Champions League, while Mbappe has netted 14 times in 27 games in Ligue 1 to leave Monaco on the top of the title.
The France striker has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United in the summer and the Red Devils have reportedly already failed with a £69m offer for the teenager.
Speaking about Mbappe’s emergence at Monaco over the past season, Real Madrid striker Benzema warned the Champions League hotshot that there is plenty more work to do.
“What Mbappe does now in Ligue 1 and even more so in the Champions League in Monaco’s great run is exceptional. The last player who seemed as good and precocious at this level? Neymar,” Benzema told L’Equipe.
“He’s a phenomenon for his age, but he needs to establish himself in the long term. At the start, the superlatives come quickly.
“I was branded in the same way when I made my debut in Lyon’s first team aged 17 — I scored my first Champions League goal and then became Ligue 1’s leading scorer in 2008. You have to keep the same standard when you grow and are in difficult times.
“It’s then that you see if you can make a step up, even more so if you’re at a very big club or if you remain a good player as many have after shining very young.”
Benzema broke onto the European scene at Lyon before moving to Real Madrid in 2009.