Monaco Manager Leonardo Jardim Rules Out Selling Thomas Lemar Despite Premier League Interest

​Thomas Lemar will not be allowed to leave Monaco in the January transfer window, manager Leonardo Jardim has confirmed.

The winger was the subject of a £90m bid from ​Arsenal on the final day of last summer’s transfer window, and is ​attracting interest from ​Liverpool, with Chelsea also thought to be monitoring the French international.

Both clubs look set to be frustrated however, with the ​Evening Standard quoting Jardim as telling reporters:  “We are not in the habit of doing major sales of players (in the winter transfer window).

The Portuguese manager went onto say that he wanted to use January as a chance to field some of Monaco’s younger players, revealing: “That’s our strategy, more than major sales.”

With highly rated defensive midfielder Fabinho also linked with a move away from the principality, Jardim claimed that the players “understand” the position taken by the club.

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With Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy joining ​Manchester City, Timoue Bakayoko leaving for ​Chelsea and Kylian Mbappe switching to league rivals PSG during the summer transfer window, Monaco have struggled in the defence of their Ligue 1 title. They currently sit nine points behind league leaders PSG, with Lemar having scored twice in thirteen league appearances so far this season.


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