AS Monaco owner Dmitry Rybolovlev has revealed that the club will not stand in the way of any player that wants to leave the club.
AS Monaco won the Ligue 1 and reached the semi-final of the UEFA Champions League this season, with young stars like Kylian Mbappe and Tiemoue Bakayoko showing their talent and potential.
Top European clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid have already been reported as being interested in the players, and Rybolovlev has said any player who wants to go will not be held back.
He told L’Equipe: “We are not here to decide in the place of men, block them, tell them yes or no.
“We have no budget problem and we are not forced to sell, but the day when a player or coach wants to leave, it’s just unimaginable to keep him against his wishes. We are not Real Madrid or Barcelona or Manchester. Everyone has to cross the road in his career to go even higher. You do not keep a man against his will.
“In business, if you go against the market and against the trends, you will always lose. Later, if someone goes, this is not our initiative. You know, [Anthony] Martial, it was he who wanted to leave and we can understand that.”
He said the amount that any potential player would be sold was not in his hands.
“I don’t know, it is the market that decides, and it depends on who is willing to invest in him,” he said on Mbappe’s market value.
“Anyway, it’s a decision of the player, not the club.”