News: Swashbuckling Monaco end 17-year French title wait

Kylian Mbappe

Monaco's French forward Valere Germain celebrates his goal during the League One soccer match Monaco against Saint Etienne, at the Louis II stadium in Monaco, Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

Teenage star Kylian Mbappe helped Monaco secure their first Ligue 1 title in 17 years with his 15th goal of the season in Wednesday's 2-0 victory at home to Saint-Etienne.

With midfielder Fabinho and talented fullbacks Djibril Sidibe and Benjamin Mendy adding to their forward firepower, Monaco were a cut above the rest - even PSG.

Reports in Spain on Thursday claimed the new Ligue 1 champions had rejected a €75 million bid from Anfield for the 18-year-old, who has also been linked with Manchester United.

(AFP/Getty Images) Mbappe is wanted by Europe's elite.

"This is the most important trophy of my life as a coach".

On the face of it, Monaco's championship triumph looks to be the culmination of the project started when Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev bought a controlling stake in December 2011. Only time will tell which club will be able to secure the 18-year-old's loyalties at the end of it all. Jardim clearly needed to change things, and he did so radically.

The second half lacked intensity as Saint-Etienne seemed resigned to its fate, despite a good effort from Veretout that was intercepted by Monaco defender Kamil Glik near the hour mark.

After their run to the Champions League quarter-finals in 2015, Monaco sold Layvin Kurzawa, Aymen Abdennour, Yannick Ferreira Carrasco, Geoffrey Kondogbia and Anthony Martial.

"Hard work pays off".

They said the Anfield scouting department is continually tracking the progress of high-performing young talent across the game.

Marca's claim that Liverpool have already had a €75m Kylian Mbappe bid rejected by Monaco is false, according to the Echo.

For a club from a glitzy millionaire's playground this is no fairytale. It will be hard for Monaco to resist an eye-watering offer.

"It is part of our model that some players leave but now we are financially much stronger than two years ago", explained Vasilyev in an interview with CNN Sport. Germain was often called upon to lead more inexperienced players when Jardim rested his main players, and was made captain when Falcao was absent.

He insisted that Monaco want Mbappe to continue at the club for one more season to further aid his development and achieve greater results for the Ligue 1 champions.

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