Germain urges Mbappe to stay

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Marseille forward Valere Germain has urged his former teammate Kylian Mbappe to remain at AS Monaco, despite interest from Europe's elite football club's.

Mbappe's meteoric rise saw Germain play second-fiddle in the forward's position under manager Leonardo Jardim, but the academy graduate still managed to play a crucial role as Les Monégasques beat PSG to the Ligue 1 title.

The France international, Mbappe and Rademel Falcao scored a combined 46 league goals together as one of the most feared strike forces in Europe and despite his recent departure; the 27-year-old holds no grudges towards the teenager.

"If he stays in Monaco, it may be the right choice because he will continue to play and grow in this club," Germain told French radio station RMC. 

"After that he will probably have the chance to go to a big club this summer, it can also be good. So it's up to him to see if he feels ready to go, but he still has a lot of talent to succeed right now in a very, very big club.

"I am very satisfied with my season. I must not forget that I was in the team until mid-February when Kylian began to explode and at the end of March because [Radamel] Falcao was injured," he said in reference to his contribution to the title. 

"I still played 60 games out of 63. I started 40, so those who say I did not make a season as a regular in Monaco did not necessarily see these stats. 

"If it had been a good Ligue 1 striker, it might have bothered me, but it's a player – I do not know how much his transfer will be, estimated to be over €100million – he's a phenomenon," the diminutive forward added.

"If he had been at any Ligue 1 club or in Europe, he would certainly have taken the place of the attacker in the team, so that reassures me a little."