Former Juventus striker David Trezeguet has advised Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe that another year in France would do him good in the long term.
The 18-year-old striker has been linked with the top clubs in Europe after his breakthrough season at newly-crowned Ligue 1 champions Monaco.
Mbappe has shown his quality by netting 26 goals and registering 14 assists across all competitions this season, but Trezeguet, who left Monaco for Juventus when he was 22, has warned that moving to a big club too early could be detrimental for his career.
“I think he has everything to become a striker with an exceptional future. He needs to be given time. He enjoys it, he’s happy, he’s proud. At his age, that’s something unique,” said Trezeguet, according to ESPN.
“People are talking a lot about his future. Personally, I hope he’ll stay at Monaco to continue showing his qualities, but above all establish himself as a player. We mustn’t forget he’s just 18 years old. He has time to get to know the top level even if he’s at a club of a very high level. Everyone wants to play for Real, Barca, Juve with time.
“I think he has to still establish himself. In Monaco, there was the recent case of Martial, who left to go to Manchester United and it was a lot more difficult.
“When you leave France for a much better league, you have problems. That’s a very clear example. Mbappe, we all know he has qualities, but perhaps doing another year could be good for him, for Monaco and the France team.”