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Mbappe tempers Real Madrid reports: 'I am not there yet'

Mbappe tempers Real Madrid reports: 'I am not there yet'

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Developing at AS Monaco is Kylian Mbappe’s immediate priority amid reports linking the young forward with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Mbappe has been in the limelight in 2017 after his impressive form contributed to AS Monaco’s league success, as well as the club’s progression into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Speculation over a move to one of Europe’s elite has persisted in recent weeks, with the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Manchester United among teams reportedly lining up a summer move.

In an effort to play down links to Los Blancos, the 18-year-old – who recently became France’s second-youngest player to win a senior cap – said he has yet to reach a point in his career where a move to Real Madrid would make sense for himself or the Liga side.

“At the moment I am at Monaco,” Mbappe told reporters Tuesday, as translated by ESPN FC’s Dermot Corrigan. “We go along step by step. Madrid is for players at the peak of their careers, and I am not there yet.

“I have been brought up, and have people around me, to help me keep my feet on the ground. What I want is to play football, score goals, win games and trophies. Every player has their career.”

The comments come a day after Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos insisted he and the club would welcome Mbappe, while manager Zinedine Zidane said that, before Mbappe opted to join Monaco, he attempted to sign the forward at 15.

Mbappe will look to add to his impressive goal haul when Monaco clashes with Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday during the Coupe de la Ligue final. He enters the tie with 14 goals in all competitions.