Mbappe assessing options as Real Madrid, other clubs continue chase

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Kylian Mbappe’s meteoric rise in European soccer has been well-documented, and the biggest story for the Frenchman this summer is whether or not the Monaco attacker will return to the Ligue 1 champions next season.

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The 18-year-old is coming off of a 26-goal season for Monaco, who reached the UEFA Champions League semifinals in 2016/17, and has gained attention from several of world’s biggest clubs including Real Madrid.

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Mbappe says that Real’s pursuit of the youngster is nothing new though, with the Spanish giants having had interest in him for several years.

“They [Real Madrid] have been trying to sign me since I was 14,” Mbappe told Canal +.

Premier League sides Arsenal and Liverpool are among the other clubs that have been linked to the $100-plus million player.

ESPN FC reported last week that two unnamed clubs placed bids of over $112 million for Mbappe, but both offers were quickly rebuffed.

Now, Mbappe says he’ll weigh his choices with his family before making a potentially drastic career move.

“We’re going to go away as a family and we’re going to think it over,” Mbappe said.

“For the moment, I’m going to leave my suitcases in Paris, because we’re here.” I can’t take them with me. We’ll have to sort through things, see what happens with the club. I’m under contract, I’m not free.”