Thomas Lemar was interested in joining
Arsenal and Liverpool, according to
Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev.
Both Premier League clubs made bids
for Lemar during the summer but
Monaco kept the player.
“It was not easy. Thomas wanted to go
to Arsenal and to Liverpool, but we had
discussions and we took a communal
decision so that he could stay here,”
Vasilyev told TASS.
“He is a very important player for us. We
could not have sold him, it would have
affected the entire team and the
The 21-year-old has three years left on
his current Monaco contract and enjoyed
a stellar season in 2016/17.
He scored 14 goals in 55 games, while
also providing a number of assists as
Monaco won the Ligue 1 title for the first
time in 17 years. He has also started the
new season well, scoring a screamer as
France beat the Netherlands on