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Mbappe to return for Monaco after training-ground bust-up

In-demand Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe is poised to return to Ligue 1 action against Marseille.

The 18-year-old striker, who scored 26 goals in all competitions for Monaco last season, missed out when the principality club beat Dijon last weekend, amid speculation linking him to Paris St Germain.

It was reported that the striker was left out after a training-ground bust-up with teammate Andrea Raggi.

Injury was cited as the official reason Mbappe – also a rumoured target for Real Madrid and Arsenal this summer – was benched, but on Friday Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim said the player was fit again.

Quoted in L’Equipe, he said: “If the match took place today, he would be in it. Everyone has trained well, everyone is in good condition. We’ll decide tomorrow, but, if everything goes well, he’ll be there.

“He’s a Monaco player and we need everybody with us. There’s the chance that he’ll play or that he might stay on the bench – sitting games out sometimes is just part of football.

“The match is on Sunday so we’ll wait until tomorrow.”

On the reports of a potential big-money move away from the Stade Louis II for his highly-rated France international, Jardim added: “You know my opinion on the transfer window: it’s used to buy players but also to destabilise clubs. Not just for us.

“Sometimes there are discussions that last three or four weeks without an agreement being reached.

“It doesn’t really bother me, but I think FIFA or UEFA should limit the window to July. When it’s four months of the year, that’s too much. It’s not good for football.”

Monaco, who were crowned Ligue 1 champions in May, have already sold star men Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy and Tiemoue Bakayoko this summer.


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