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Saturday 27 February 2021

Kylian who? Mbappe watches from the bench as Monaco hit Marseille for 6

“As of today Kylian is our player… Maybe that will not be the case tomorrow.”

MONACO BOSS LEONARDO Jardim has declined to confirm the departure of Kylian Mbappe despite acknowledging the forward could leave the club as soon as today.

Widespread reports suggest Mbappe is on the verge of completing a loan move to Paris Saint-Germain and the 18-year-old remained on the bench as Monaco crushed Marseille 6-1 last night.

The impressive victory extended the champions’ perfect start to four straight Ligue 1 wins, three of which they have managed without Mbappe’s services.

Speaking after the match, Jardim shied away from clarifying the star teenager’s future.

“As of today Kylian is our player, that is why he was on the bench. Maybe that will not be the case tomorrow but for now it still is,” Jardim told Canal+ after the match. “I needed him for the game, but at 4-0 I changed my mind and played other players.”

Kamil Glik got Monaco off to a flying start with a volley from Thomas Lemar’s free-kick after just 69 seconds, before Radamel Falcao took over with a quickfire brace — the captain scoring from the penalty spot in the 20th minute and nodding in his seventh of the season just beyond the half-hour mark.

Adama Diakhaby then side-footed home Rony Lopes’ low cross to make it 4-0 and cap a commanding first-half display from Leonardo Jardim’s side.

France international Djibril Sidibe headed in a fifth with 20 minutes to play and, after Remy Cabella claimed a consolation tap-in for Marseille, Monaco restored their five-goal advantage through Fabinho’s penalty, extending their record Ligue 1 winning run to 16 matches.

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