AS Monaco win Ligue 1 for first time since 2000

With the TV revenue shared equally, unlike Spain's La Liga, and with France not constrained by ownership rules that financially hold back some Bundesliga sides, Ligue 1 may soon be a genuine competitor to the English Premier League. "We can finally say we are champions".

As they sit on the brink of qualifying for the Champions League next season, the Reds will likely be looking to bring in significant reinforcements as Jurgen Klopp will hope to strengthen his squad.

Whether or not you believe it, Monaco are said to be determined on holding out for a bid of at least £85 million in order to be persuaded to part ways with him. Only time will tell which club will be able to secure the 18-year-old's loyalties at the end of it all.

It has been an upward curve since, the renaissance stunning, but this triumph seemed unlikely when their project changed dramatically just after Jardim's arrival in 2014.

"With all these young players, we know that their value will never go down because they are so talented and ambitious".

"We've had a superb season both individually and collectively".

In a modern game brutally dominated by an elite few, there is a risk that a great side will be quickly torn apart.

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has insisted that the club won't put a price on Manchester United and Real Madrid target Kylian Mbappe until he wants to leave.

Monaco sealed its first French title since 2000 and an eighth overall on Wednesday and with one match left to play this weekend, Monaco has an unassailable six-point lead over second-place PSG.

"Our intention is that he stays, we are going to do everything we can so that he can stay with us", the Russian said.

Mbappe is the youngest player to reach 15 league goals in Europe's top five leagues since Michael Owen in 1998 and made his mark on the elite stage by becoming the first player to score in each of his first four knockout games in the Champions League. I'd rather see the club spend €35m on two Sadio Mane-style players (i.e. proven, experienced players capable of making an immediate impact on the first team) rather than €75m on a teenager.

Alexander Soderlund and Habib Maiga had early efforts for Saint-Etienne as Monaco made a nervous start to the game.

  • Julie Sanders