Monaco claim first French title in 17 years

Mbappe, 18, made his first two global appearances during the March fixtures against Luxembourg and Spain and retains his place in Didier Deschamps' 26-man squad after helping Monaco to their first Ligue 1 title in 17 years.

The 18-year-old put goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier on his backside with a drop of the shoulder before rolling the ball into an empty net from an acute angle.

The forward will finish top scorer for Monaco this campaign, netting 24 times with four assists.

Meanwhile, the Turkish Super League broadcaster beIN have reported that Monaco are plotting a move for Unal as a potential replacement.

'I am finishing my third season in Monaco, who gave me the opportunity to play at a higher level, ' he told SIC.

Six of their players were named in the Ligue 1 team of the season: Danijel Subasic, Djibril Sidibe, Kamil Glik, Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva and Mbappe.

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Saint-Etienne held Monaco to a 1-1 draw in October, but Christophe Galtier's side arrived in the principality low on confidence after their 5-0 thrashing by PSG and decimated by injury.

Kylian Mbappe would prefer to stay another season at Monaco despite interest from a host of Europe's top clubs, according to a Ligue 1 expert.

Just two seasons later, they have scored over 104 goals, conceding just 29, on their way to being crowned the best team in France.

The opposition Initially, Lucien Favre's Nice - the only league opponents to claim a clean sheet against Monaco this term - were the surprise pacesetters, with deposed champions Paris slowly going through the gears as the season unfolded.

Real Madrid, Manchester City and Manchester United have been linked with making world-record bids for the wonderkid, but the new French champions are eager to keep their prized asset. Im very proud of this team, of these players.

Champions League qualification will make it much easier, of course.

  • Tabitha Byrd