Monaco hope to ward off suitors for wonderkid Mbappe
- Author: Julie Sanders May 18, 2017,
May 18, 2017, 7:08
Jardim's men needed a draw to secure the title, but goals from Mbappe and Germain secured the title for them.
Thanks in part to his efforts, Monaco have effectively wrapped up Ligue 1's title.
If Monaco do lose some of their key assets, then their hopes of keeping a club in PSG, whose failures both domestically and in the Champions League will likely fuel more activity in the close-season transfer window and, in all likelihood, result in them bringing in a new coach, will be extremely slim. "We played in the second division four years ago. They sustained the pace for most of the season, but we hung on".
Falcao, 31, has put the disappointment of his loan spells with Manchester United and Chelsea, where he scored just five goals in 36 appearances, behind him.
On its own, Monaco's rise to the top of Ligue 1 is extraordinary.
The 18-year-old has shot to prominence over the course of the campaign with 14 top-flight strikes in France and six in as many starts en route to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals, and Benzema has been impressed.
"Winning a championship in a team that is not a favourite is a great trophy", Jardim told Canal+. Tiemoue Bakayoko, at only 21 years of age, also had a stand out season is his central defensive midfield role; a position that doesn't often record too many goals or assists - an unspoken hero of sorts.
The youngest player in French league history to reach 10 goals in a season, he has scored 26 goals in all competitions, won a place in the France team and been named as the French league's best young player. One main reason for this upturn in defensive frugality has been the arrival of Kamil Glik from Torino.
Karim Benzema has advised fellow Frenchman Kylian Mbappe not to get carried away with the hype surrounding his breakthrough season at Monaco.
Moments later Mbappe threatened for the first time, popping up on the right-hand side of Monaco's penalty area only to be denied by a fine save at his near post by goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier.