Real Madrid target Kylian Mbappe returns to training with Monaco

Sport360 staff 11/07/2017

Kylian Mbappe may be one of the names on most club's radars at the moment, but for now he is back preparing for a fresh Ligue 1 title assault with Monaco.

The 18-year-old was all smiles on his first day back at pre-season training as he chatted with Radamel Falcao and Djibril Sidibe during a series of running and ball drills.

The French striker was heavily linked with a £100 million move to Real Madrid earlier this summer, but looks set to remain in the south of France for the time being.

He is inevitably going to be the next most expensive footballer in the world, with rumours of a fee in excess of £104 million to attain his signature.

The star attacker is also wanted by Arsenal and PSG – who are prepared to match any bids.

Mbappe was in sensational form for the French Rivera side last season, scoring 26 goals and creating eight assists in 46 games.

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Wayne Rooney.

Wayne Rooney will make his first appearance back in an Everton shirt in the club’s friendly against Kenyan opponents Gor Mahia in Tanzania on Thursday.

Manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed all players making the trip to East Africa, arranged as part of their partnership with new sponsors SportPesa, will feature for at least 45 minutes.

“I’m looking forward to it – it should be a good trip,” Rooney, whose return to his boyhood club was confirmed when he signed a two-year contract at the weekend to end his 13-year stay at Manchester United, told evertontv.

“It’ll be nice and hopefully I’ll get on the pitch and get some game-time.

“It’s good when you go away with the team. It’s good to be around the hotel with the players, spend more time with them and get to know them more.

“I’ve never been to Tanzania before, so I’m really looking forward to it.”

Koeman will take new signings Davy Klaassen and Michael Keane on the trip but goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and Sandro Ramirez are still on extended leave after their involvement in the European Under-21 Championship.

The Toffees boss said: “It’s always difficult in pre-season to go a long way abroad because it will be hot over there and we need to play the friendly.

“But with the way we have organised it, we leave on Tuesday evening and are back on Friday – that’s good because it’s not too long and it won’t have a negative effect on our pre-season.

“It’s a trip that is not all about football. There is the commercial side as well, which is good for Everton. We will support the club in what we need to do over there.

“The most important thing is how we start our pre-season. It is about what we need to do to get to our best at our football and physical levels.

“This is our first friendly and everybody will be involved for 45 minutes in the game. You play football to win and we will do that in Tanzania.”

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