Mbappe ahead of Henry in his development, says Garde

Date published: Wednesday 3rd May 2017 1:20

Former Arsenal player Remi Garde says Kylian Mbappe is “more mature in his game” than Thierry Henry was at the same age.

In his first full season as a professional Mbappe has been superb for Monaco helping them to top the table in France and reach the Champions League semi-finals.

The 18-year-old has smashed 24 goals in 38 games so far and it’s been no shock to see him linked with some of Europe’s big guns.

Manchester United and Real Madrid have been heavily linked, while Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal have also been touted as suitors.

And Garde, who won the Premier League title with the Gunners in 1997-98, has compared the youngster to Henry and believes that Mbappe is ahead of where Henry was in his development.

“So far he reminds me of Thierry [Henry]. Maybe he is more mature in his game already than Thierry was at the same time,” he told The Guardian. “When you consider what Thierry went on to achieve in the game it is amazing.

“The advice would be to stay focused and not to forget you have everything at the moment in Monaco to become a better player. You have time in future to choose and change everything in your football life.

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“If Mbappe is playing well it’s partly because alongside him is [Radamel] Falcao, a very experienced player. He has a very well-balanced team around him and a good manager.

“Football is very fragile. We have seen gifted players have a very good start who choose not to concentrate any more on football and focus on advertising or media or choose the wrong clubs at the wrong time,” added the former Aston Villa manager.

“If you can, stay concentrated only on football, please. Don’t forget you are only 18. Keep your dream of when you were a child, and try to forget everything around you when you are on the pitch. Realise what an opportunity it is to play in such a good collective team.”

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