WATCH: Monaco have quality to continue Jardim’s exciting project - Sidibe

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The 24-year-old France international is confident the reigning Ligue 1 champions will not see their fairytale ended, despite a predicted summer exodus

Monaco full-back Djibril Sidibe believes Ligue 1 champions Monaco will continue to flourish next season, regardless of a predicted summer exodus from the Stade Louis II.

Coach Leonardo Jardim transformed the club this past season, forming a young, dynamic squad that romped to the French league title.

Monaco also captured hearts and won plaudits across the continent as the free-scoring side raced to the final four of the UEFA Champions League.

 

Though Bernardo Silva has already departed to Manchester City, and while Jardim and the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Fabinho, Benjamin Mendy, Thomas Lemar and Tiemoue Bakayoko are all attracting interest from Europe’s big hitters, Sidibe is confident the project in the principality will continue to grow.

“Leonardo has been building something here for a few years now," Sidibe told Goal

“If he leaves it will be the start of a new cycle, but with the quality of players we have I’m not worried.”

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Sidibe arrived from Lille last summer and was one of the team's standout performers, named in the Ligue 1 Team of the Year, overcoming injury issues to secure a first international cap.

“A really strong start to the season helped me earn a place in the France national team,” he said. 

“After that, with the build-up of games, I had some physical problems. Every footballer goes through moments when they’re a bit tired. All in all, though, the season went well and I’m quite satisfied.”

His fine season has added his name to the rumour mill this summer, with Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal heavily reported to be showing major interest in the 24-year-old.

And the France international says he would welcome opportunities from both England and Spain.

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“I’m under contract for Monaco and right now I’m enjoying being here. As I’ve said before, I’m attracted to the Premier League and I also love Spain,” he revealed. 

“It will all depend on the president and me. With the World Cup a year away, my objective is to maximise my playing time and to perform. 

“The goal is to progress. There will be an evaluation with the club to see what’s best based on the requests.” 

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