Monaco star Mbappe: I'm at an age where I need to play

Monaco's teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe
insisted he will not be forced to go anywhere he
does not want to as he stressed the importance of
regular football amid links with Real Madrid.
Mbappe has taken French and European football by
storm this season, winning Ligue 1's Young Player
of the Year as Monaco claimed the league for the
first time since 2000.
A world-record transfer has been touted for the 18-
year-old France international, who is reportedly
attracting serious interest from Madrid, Manchester
United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City.
"I will make a choice based on my sporting career,
and my career is first and foremost, and I am at an
age where I need to play, and that will be
paramount," Mbappe told beIN Sports.
"I'm not 35 or 36, an age where I have to manage
[my body], I still have everything to learn, this year
was discovery, and now comes the most important
step: Confirmation.
"And I will be the sole decision-maker, and I will
not go anywhere where I will be forced to go."
Asked if the World Cup will impact his decision,
Mbappe said: "It will not matter, the pressure I
always had it, I was mediated early, I learned to
handle it, I got used to it and it's part of my
environment. Disrupts me, neither my family, nor
the club."
Mbappe enjoyed a phenomenal breakout campaign,
with 26 goals in all competitions as Monaco also
reached the Champions League semi-finals.
"In football, everything is possible, from the
moment you work and you believe in your
qualities," he added.
"I always believed in myself, it wasn't enough to
want to, you have to give yourself the means [to
succeed]. I didn't know it was going to happen so
fast, but I knew I wanted to do it."

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