Jardim’s fu­ture re­mains in doubt

New Straits Times - - Sport -

PARIS: Leonardo Jardim raised doubts about his fu­ture as Monaco coach yes­ter­day say­ing he would hold talks with club vi­cepres­i­dent Vadim Vasi­lyev this week.

The Por­tuguese, 42, has been linked with jobs in the Premier League af­ter in­spir­ing Monaco to their first French ti­tle since 2000 and the Cham­pi­ons League semi­fi­nals.

“I’ll talk in the week with Vadim,” Jardim said when ques­tioned about his fu­ture on the Tele­foot pro­gramme.

Vasi­lyev added: “We’ll talk in the com­ing days and will of­fer him an ex­ten­sion.

“For me, our coach for next sea­son is Leonardo and as long as he hasn’t said he’s leav­ing — he hasn’t told us that — then he’s our coach.”

Vasi­lyev said a con­tract ex­ten­sion would also be of­fered to Colom­bian striker Radamel Fal­cao, while ac­cept­ing that there would be changes in the squad.

“To have play­ers cov­eted by other clubs, these are good dif­fi­cul­ties. Ev­ery club of­fi­cial would like to be in my shoes.

“The idea is to ex­tend the con­tracts of most play­ers, to keep them, even if there’ll ob­vi­ously be some de­par­tures.”

Kylian Mbappe, dubbed the new Thierry Henry, has been linked to Real Madrid and Manch­ester United and it would be dif­fi­cult for Monaco to re­sist an eye-wa­ter­ing of­fer for the 18year-old.

English Premier League clubs are also keen on Tiemoue Bakayoko, a rev­e­la­tion af­ter a dif­fi­cult first two years at the club, and Chi­nese clubs could come back in for Fal­cao. AFP

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim

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