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'Mbappe will reach a very high level' - Madrid target thrills Monaco boss Jardim

12:07 SAST 2017/04/13
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The teenage forward scored twice against Borussia Dortmund in his latest Champions League outing, with his manager quick to hail his development

Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim hailed Kylian Mbappe's progress following the young forward's match-winning display against Borussia Dortmund.

The 18-year-old bundled in the opening goal at Signal Iduna Park before sweeping home a superb strike in the second half to help the Ligue 1 leaders to a 3-2 win in the rearranged first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

It was the latest highlight in a spectacular season for Mbappe, who has scored 21 goals in all competitions and seen his name linked with a host of Europe's biggest clubs.

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Jardim wants the France international to keep his work rate up, but is thrilled with his development since his first-team debut in December 2015.

"Mbappe is progressing a lot," said Jardim, who left the teenager out for the Ligue 1 win over Angers at the weekend. "He has been with us for over a year, almost two years. He works well, he progresses and understands his role during matches.

"We are happy with his performance. We had prepared for this match: maybe he didn't play against Angers for that, too.

"I think he's going to get to a very high level. But, as always – I speak to you like I do to him – it is always the work, the progression that will help you to reach a great level."

Real Madrid and Manchester United are among those said to be monitoring Mbappe's progress ahead of the summer transfer window.