Monaco vice president confirms Lemar to stay at club ‘until the end of the season’

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The likelihood of any prospective late bids for the in-demand AS Monaco wideman Thomas Lemar have been dealt a serious blow, with the club’s vice president explicitly saying that no deals will be done ahead of the window’s closure.

Speaking to French radio station RMC, Vadim Vasilyev was keen to pour cold water on the prospect of any late movement for the in demand Frenchman: “He will stay at Monaco until the end of the season 100 per cent.

“If Liverpool or Arsenal come with a big offer before the end of the market? This is not relevant.

“We will say ‘no’ because the objectives are clear. Without important players like Lemar, we will not succeed.”

Whether Lemar has had his head turned by the persistent speculation that has surrounded his future across the window, it is difficult to tell.

It is testament to the professionalism of the 22-year-old that he has refused to let the noise stop him from giving his best efforts to last season’s champions.

Although Lemar has managed two goals and five assists thus far this season, on his way to 30 fantasy football points, it represents a relative drop in form from the exploits of a blockbuster 2016-17 campaign in which he grabbed nine goals and ten assists.

In truth, remaining at the club is arguably the most sensible decision to take at present.

With the World Cup around the corner, and competition stiff amongst the French national squad, any period of adjustment and loss of form could prove devastating to the eight time capped international’s prospects of representing his nation in the summer.

The £45 million summer move of his former team mate Bernardo Silva to Manchester City is a case in point.

Having excelled during Monaco’s championship winning campaign, the Portuguese international has found life at the Etihad difficult during his maiden season for the club – having had to wait patiently for opportunities due to the form of the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling.

The 22-year-old has managed 22 appearances this season, however 16 of those have come from the bench.

Befalling a similar fate could spell disaster for Lemar’s World Cup dreams.

It is likely that an off-season transfer could yet emerge for the midfielder, whose talents could undoubtedly take him to the very top of the game. However, the willingness to show patience over any prospective move could pay dividends for him – especially if he should go on to star for his country over the summer.

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