Mercato AS Monaco: Youssouf Fofana has made a big decision for his future


By: Manu Tournoux

West Ham, Nottingham Forest, Inter Milan, Manchester United… Already last summer, Youssouf Fofana (24 years old) had no shortage of courtiers. Determined to offer himself a new challenge, the Monegasque midfielder finally faced the transfer window game with toughness. Not very enthusiastic about certain projects, the one who sees his contract run until June 2025 on the Rock had also had to abandon the idea of ​​joining certain clubs although interesting in his eyes but not responding to the wishes of the asemist management: namely a dry transfer. A few months later, the identity of the formations on the lookout seems to have changed but the interest remains the same.

Youssouf Fofana closes the door to a departure… for now!

French international (15 caps, 2 goals) and pillar of the Monegasque midfield, Youssouf Fofana is a desired figure. With this in mind, Juventus Turin, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain continue to follow, with interest, the performances of the native of the French capital. The presence of numerous emissaries, weekend after weekend, at the Louis-II stadium will not have escaped anyone. Lately, Mundo Deportivo even added that FC Barcelona would also be in the race to afford the 1m85 right-hander next summer. Yes but here it is, according to the latest information from nice morningwhich do not confirm a possible contact with the Catalans for the person concerned, number 19 of the ASM currently seems to have another idea in mind.

Far from the desire to leave expressed in recent months, Youssouf Fofana would, in fact, today be much less inclined to leave this winter. A great architect of the current third place held by AS Monaco in the championship, the former Racing Club de Strasbourg player has had a sparkling start to the season. Indisputable holder and captain of the Monegasque collective when Wissam Ben Yedder is not playing, the Tricolore shines and his statistics only reinforce the observation of certain development. Author of 3 assists and one goal in 14 matches since the start of the 2023-2024 financial year, Fofana shines. “I’m very, very happy to have stayed”assured, in this capacity, the protégé of Adi Hütter last September.

Euro 2024 in the sights, Adi Hütter as an X factor…

Impressive in impact, omnipresent in the duel, valuable in the direction of the game and endowed with an above-average volume of play, the Monegasque midfielder also displays a formidable complementarity with Denis Zakaria. So many qualities allowing him to consolidate his place in the French team and on the Rock… As indicated by the Nice daily, the Ile-de-France resident is not obsessed with leaving this winter and instead sees himself finishing the season at ASM. Despite the many desires of which he is the subject, the French international has, in fact, no intention of taking too great a risk, what’s more six months before Euro 2024. Threatened by the emergence of the young Warren Zaire-Emery, the Monegasque has, despite everything, proven all his qualities in the eyes of Didier Deschamps, notably scoring his first two goals for the selection against Gibraltar (14-0) and Greece (2-2).

More than this bright future envisaged with the France team, another factor can justify the player’s current desire to remain, for the time being, within the Principality. Under the orders of Adi Hütter, Youssouf Fofana is fully blossoming. More than a simple recuperator, a role entrusted to him during his stints in blue, the AS Monaco midfielder evolves as a relay runner with the Austrian. Freer and true leader of this asemist collective, Fofana also takes a much more important place in the locker room, particularly after the departures of Tchouameni, Disasi and Badiashile. Close to the club’s foreign players (Minamino, Golovin), the 24-year-old Frenchman intends to continue this great dynamic, both on an individual level but also from a collective point of view by leading his team towards qualification for the next Champions League. Currently happy on the Rock, Youssouf Fofana therefore seems determined to stay. For PSG, we will certainly have to come back next summer…

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