French sensation Mbappe surprised by meteoric rise

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French sensation Mbappe surprised by meteoric rise
France's Kylian Mbappe has a shot saved by England's Jack Butland.

Paris - Kylian Mbappe is the hottest property in football

By AFP

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Published: Thu 15 Jun 2017, 10:22 PM

Last updated: Fri 16 Jun 2017, 12:24 AM

At just 18 years of age, Kylian Mbappe is the hottest property in football and the French sensation admits that he has been surprised by how quickly his star has risen.
"I always had lots of imagination when I was little, so I am not going to say that I hadn't imagined it," Mbappe said in an interview when asked if he expected to have won a league title and become a full international at such a young age.
"I imagined succeeding early, but I didn't really think things would happen so quickly.
"Of course I always believed. The players who have succeeded in their careers are the ones who believed in themselves." Billed as the new Thierry Henry, Mbappe made his top-flight debut for Monaco in December 2015 when still aged just 16, but it is in the last six months that he has gone from a player of great promise to one of the biggest stars in Europe.
He scored 15 goals to help Monaco win a first French title since 2000 and won his first cap for France in March.
He is now being linked to mega-money moves to one of the continent's biggest sides this close season, with Real Madrid leading the chase alongside the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and both Manchester clubs. On Tuesday he earned his fourth cap for Les Bleus, starring in a 3-2 friendly victory over England in front of almost 80,000 fans at the Stade de France
The following day he was speaking at the Edouard Rist clinic in Paris in his role as an ambassador for an association called "Lead Climbers" which backs sporting initiatives for hospitalised children.
Mbappe has taken on a lot of responsibility for one so young but he thrives on his new status, as his assured nature before the glare of the cameras attests.
But such self-confidence should not be mistaken for arrogance, he says.



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