Kylian Mbappe is one of the most sought-after players in world football after a sensational breakout campaign last season, in which he scored 15 league goals and became the youngest scorer in a Champions League semi-final.
The 18-year-oldhas decided to remain at Monaco for at least one more season despite significant interest from Arsenal, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
His future has dominated the back pages throughout the summer so far, but reputable French outlet RMC say that he has firmly agreed to stay with the French champions.
The teenager has even signed a lease to rent a house very close to Monaco’s training centre, having previously been granted a room at the complex – like most of the academy players.
Mbappe’s representatives are expected to meet with Monaco bosses shortly where he could sign a new contract extension worth in excess of £100,000-per-week that would make him the highest paid teenager in world football.
Even if terms on a new contract are not agreed, however, he will still give Monaco one more year of service.
Keeping Mbappe at the club marks a remarkable coup for Monaco, especially given the efforts other clubs made to sign him this summer.
PSG manager Unai Emery travelled to Bondy in Paris to meet personally with Mbappe’s father, Wilfried, the closest thing the youngster has to an agent, which was greeted favourable by the player’s camp.
But they remain concerned by Emery’s tactics, with the Spaniard historically favouring playing with just one striker up top and unlikely to drop Ligue 1 top scorer Edinson Cavani.
In a World Cup year, with a place in the France starting XI up for grabs, it was not a risk Mbappe felt was worth taking.
Arsene Wenger also went to great lengths to try and convince him to join Arsenal, even holding a three-hour meeting with him after Les Blues overcame England in a friendly in June.
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has also been in contact, but even the lure of working under perhaps France’s greatest ever player could not convince Mbappe to leave Monaco just yet.