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Monaco determined to keep Ben Yedder

Publish on 18/06/2020 at 11h41 - I. HOLYMAN

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Monaco will do all they can to keep Wissam ben Yedder at the club this summer with vice-president Oleg Petrov telling RMC "there is no question" of last season's top scorer leaving the principality.

Ben Yedder returned to Ligue 1 last summer after three seasons at Sevilla, and ended the truncated 2019-20 campaign alongside Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappé as the division's joint-leading scorer on 18 goals.

 

The ex-Toulouse forward penned a five-year deal at the Stade Louis II, but his impressive campaign has sparked interest in acquiring his services from around Europe.

Ben Yedder himself revealed Barcelona had made enquiries about him in January. Monaco, however, are determined to keep the 29-year-old France international on the Côte d'Azur.

 

"We always want to keep Wissam," Petrov told RMC. "He's a great asset for the club, a great pro. We expect he'll stay at Monaco. There's no question of him leaving the club."

 

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The 2016-17 Ligue 1 champions are already putting together their plans for the coming season, and have appointed Paul Mitchell as their sporting director to help build the club's future.

 

Mitchell brought Sadio Mané to England while working at Southampton, and he was just as successful at Tottenham Hotspur before joining RB Leipzig.

 

Petrov now hopes the Englishman will work his magic at Monaco.

 

"We were looking for a sporting director for a significant amount of time. Monaco is a special project, so you have to have someone who corresponds completely to those needs," Petrov explained.

"Paul is someone who can develop young talents. He's a modern sports professional, who uses data and analyses a lot. He has proved himself and has a very strong reputation in Europe. He's shown his abilities at RB Leipzig, Tottenham and Southampton, and has gotten results in very competitive environments."

 

While Mitchell will be charged with giving the club a "sporting philosophy" from the youth academy through to the first team, his most pressing task will be to reduce the size of Robert Moreno's bloated first-team squad.

 

"The aim is to get a balance. We have players who'll be allowed to leave," said Petrov. "For the first team, we have a few too many than we need, and we'll work on that during the summer transfer window."

 

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