Arsenal Transfer News: Kylian Mbappe Plays Down Rumours

Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistMarch 20, 2017

Monaco's French forward Kylian Mbappe Lottin celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Caen (SMC) and Monaco (AS), on March 19, 2017 at the Michel d'Ornano stadium, in Caen, northwestern France. / AFP PHOTO / CHARLY TRIBALLEAU        (Photo credit should read CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP/Getty Images)
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AS Monaco starlet Kylian Mbappe has played down speculation linking him with Arsenal and Manchester City, saying he's focused on his current club and what he's been doing of late is nothing special.

The teenager has quickly become one of the most talked-about young talents in the sport, stealing the spotlight in Monaco's UEFA Champions League upset over Manchester City. As shared by Jerome Pugmire of the Associated Press, it was part of an absurd run for the Frenchman:

Unsurprisingly, a ton of transfer rumours are already floating around, but Mbappe isn't letting the speculation get to him.

Per Metro's Louis Sealey, he remained grounded when asked about the rumours:

I do not look at what the English press say. I remain very calm around this attention I get. I get up in the morning and I go to practice [train] like everyone else. I try to work to improve myself every day and I try to do on the pitch what I do in training.

On the topic of his scoring form, he said: "I would not say that what I do is extraordinary. Extraordinary is a player who can score 60 goals. There are not a lot. Otherwise I think we would overuse the term. I would not say it's amazing but I'm on a good run."

French national football team forward Kylian Mbappe (C) looks on before a training session on March 20, 2017, in Clairefontaine near Paris as part of the team's preparation for the upcoming World Cup 2018 qualifiers.   / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE        (Ph
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The 18-year-old is in the middle of a spectacular breakout season, the likes of which we haven't seen in some time. Despite his tender age, he's already a pivotal part of a Monaco team that's still in the race to win the Ligue 1 title and the Champions League.

His showing in Europe against City was nothing short of amazing, especially as star forward and strike partner Radamel Falcao missed the second leg due to injury. Mbappe found the net in both matches.

Here's a look at some of his highlights:

Mbappe's combination of raw athleticism, vision and technique makes him a nightmare to defend against, and he's been one of the most efficient finishers in any of the top leagues this season. He only needs half a chance to find the net, and defenders have to play with incredible focus to keep him out of the match for 90 minutes.

Usually, they fail―Mbappe has been held scoreless just once in his last six outings across all competitions. As shared by WhoScored.com (h/t Bleacher Report UK), he ranks among the top young performers in Europe on a weekly basis:

Monaco are understandably keen on keeping hold of their latest talented youngster, even if the Premier League giants will likely offer big money to bring him to England during the summer. Monaco cashed in on Anthony Martial in 2015, but the United man hadn't shown nearly as much at the time as Mbappe already has.

It's good to see Mbappe keeping both feet on the ground for now, ahead of what should be a busy summer filled with transfer offers and even more speculation.