French starlet Kylian Mbappe has been the centre of attraction for top European clubs this summer after a breathtaking season with AS Monaco.
Despite the club not getting any official offers for the promising player, there were talks of huge bids in line for the forward, and now, Monaco have issued a formal warning to teams making illegal approaches to secure his services.
The French Champions have issued a statement on their website about how clubs have tried to approach Mbappe without their consent, and they are now considering taking legal actions.
Several European giants, such as Real Madrid and Arsenal, have expressed interest in the player this summer, but Monaco have been keen to hold on to their star man. According to Sky Sports, however, Monaco’s complaint to FIFA over Mbappe relates to alleged conduct of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.
The Champions League semi-finalists issued a statement on their website, which read: “AS Monaco regretfully notice that ‘important’ European football clubs made contact with Kylian Mbappe (and his entourage) without its authorisation.
“AS Monaco want to remind to these clubs that such actions are contrary to the article 211 of the Administrative regulation of the French Football League (Ligue de Football Professionnel) and to the article 18.3 of the Regulation of the Status and the Transfer of the Players of FIFA.
“To put an end to this unacceptable situation, AS Monaco consider asking the French Football League (Ligue de Football Professionnel) and FIFA to commit disciplinary procedures against clubs offenders.”
Monaco are keen to keep any interest for Mbappe at bay, as they seek a second successive Ligue 1 title, and a shot at the Champions League once again. Reports have stated that clubs could make bids in excess of £100m.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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