Thierry Henry has praised Arsenal target Kylian Mbappe and says the Monaco youngster “has something special, let’s be honest” after Arsene Wenger admitted he is monitoring the teenager.
Mbappe has been likened to Henry already and has already broken two of his Monaco records, becoming the club’s youngest debutant and youngest goalscorer.
The youngster was on target again on Sunday as Monaco beat Montpellier 2-1 to maintain their lead at the top of Ligue 1.
Henry says he is in no doubt Mbappe is a special talent and is backing him to have a big future in the game.
“When I first saw him play against Tottenham in the Europa League, as soon as I saw him, I knew he was a player. I said: ‘who is he?” he told RMC Sport.
“At 16 and a half [years old], he was asking for the ball, he could dribble, he was having shots, he was winning the ball back and he loved the ball.
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“The desire was there. Mbappe has something special, let’s be honest. If he keeps his head on his shoulders, it will come on its own.”
Mbappe will be hoping to feature when Monaco take on Manchester City in the Champions League and Henry says Pep Guardiola’s men face a tricky test.
“Monaco has a beautiful history in the Champions League,” he adde. “The club does not often qualify but when they do, they go far. I said not long ago: ‘Watch out for Monaco’.”
Mbappe is most definitely a thrilling talent and he appears to be well and truly on Arsenal’s radar with the club tracking his progress.