AS Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe was reportedly banished from training after an altercation between himself and team-mate Andrea Raggi on Tuesday.
According to L'Equipe (h/t Ian Holyman of ESPN FC), the 18-year-old was part of a slanging match with Raggi that led to Mbappe's dismissal from the session.
"The France international was said to have stood his ground, forcing his team-mates to move to another pitch at the club's La Turbie centre in order to do their work," Holyman noted. Mbappe was left out of the squad for the clash with Metz on Friday.
As Holyman reported, the teenager has been the subject of speculation throughout the summer, with Paris Saint-Germain said to be keen on signing him.
Friday marked the second game in a row for which Mbappe was absent. Manager Leonardo Jardim didn't call on the young striker when the team hammered Dijon 4-1 on August 13, with Mbappe sat on the bench for the duration of the contest.
Per Holyman, after the game against Metz, Jardim put Mbappe's exclusion down to the fact the player was not "100 per cent."
The Ligue 1 champions are playing well without their precocious forward, though. As noted by OptaJean, Monaco set a new record after their most recent victory:
15 - @AS_Monaco_EN have now won their last 15 games in Ligue 1, a record for a team in the history of the top-flight. Pantheon. https://t.co/di7efQeSHx2017-8-18 20:37:19
Mbappe was key to the club's momentum late last term, though. Having established himself as a regular starter, he added an incision and exuberance to the Monaco attack, pushing the team to the title and the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.
Naturally, his sensational performances prompted transfer speculation. According to Canal+ (h/t Get French Football News), Monaco are ready to listen to offers starting at €180 million (£164 million) for their prized asset.
Per football writer Andrew Gibney, it appears as though Mbappe's time with Monaco is moving closer to an end:
Andrew Gibney @Gibney_A
Mbappé clashing with Raggi in training say @lequipe when this starts, only one outcome. Sadly. https://t.co/46gluwBtEC2017-8-21 06:39:43
It'd be a shame if the youngster were to leave on bad terms. It would somewhat sour the memory of a sensational 2016-17 campaign.
With the transfer window's end edging closer and reports emerging of a training ground bust-up, you sense speculation surrounding the youngster will go into overdrive in the coming days. It would be a surprise if he were still a Monaco player when the deadline passes.