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Leonardo Jardim: “We never punish our players”

Wenger has reportedly given the green light for the club to make a bid of £122m for AS Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe

Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim says Kylian Mbappe was left on the bench last weekend “to protect him” rather than as a punishment.

“We never punish our players. That is not the right word. ‘Protected’ is a better word. When so many things are happening around an 18-year-old kid, it is our responsibility to protect him,” said Jardim.

“Kylian is not at 100 percent. He is not in great form. But that is to be expected of a kid who is just 18… Even you [journalists], if tomorrow another newspaper offers you a contract where you will earn 15 times more, you won’t be so good when it comes to tapping the keys on your computer keyboard.”