Emmanuel Petit: Kylian Mbappé could end up like Anthony Martial if he joins Man Utd | inside World Soccer

Emmanuel Petit: Kylian Mbappé could end up like Anthony Martial if he joins Man Utd

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Former France and Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit has warned Kylian Mbappé against following the example of fellow French sensation Anthony Martial at Manchester United.

Mbappé has become one of the most sought after players in Europe following his stunning performances for AS Monaco this season.

The 18-year-old striker has scored 26 goals in 44 games this term and has helped fire Monaco to the Ligue 1 title for the first time since 2000.

Mbappé has been linked with moves to Europe's top clubs this summer and the likes of Real Madrid, United and Arsenal have all been talked about as potential destinations.

However, Petit has highlighted the case of Martial, who left Monaco for United in September 2015 for an initial £36 million - the biggest transfer fee ever paid for a teenager.

While the 21-year-old was impressive in his first few months in Manchester, his career at Old Trafford has stalled since José Mourinho became manager last summer.

Petit, who played for Monaco between 1988 and 1997, told talkSPORT:

Remember two years ago we had almost the same example with Martial - he left Monaco for Manchester United.

Martial was very good for the first months with Manchester United and since Mourinho is managing the team he's not in the same position anymore.

So it's kind of a risk. Talent is something very important in football but you need to have confidence as well from your teammates and your manager.

Mbappé burst onto the scene in early 2017 and has since became one of the world's highest rated youngsters.

Don't forget that he just exploded into football six months ago - that's it.

He doesn't have a whole season playing every single game, every weekend, so we have seen his potential, which is amazing, but if he leaves Monaco he doesn't get the security or the guarantee to play regularly if he goes to a bigger club.

So it's kind of a risk for him but I think he has the potential as well, mentally, to fight for his position.

But I think a year before the World Cup, we are not qualified yet with the national team, I think it's a risk.

Can he take that risk? I don't know yet because I haven't seen much from him, just six months - that's it.

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