No sales of big-name players in January – Monaco boss Jardim
Monaco head coach Leonardo Jardim has ruled out selling any key players this month.
Defensive midfielder Fabinho is expected to leave in the summer, while Thomas Lemar has been linked with several Premier League clubs.
Defending champions Monaco have allowed defender Terence Kongolo to join Huddersfield and midfielder Soualiho Meite has left for Bordeaux, with both departing on loan.
But Jardim stressed that any big-money deals will have to wait and underlined his intention to keep the bulk of his squad together.
He said one of his young goalkeepers may be allowed to leave if the chance of first-team football came up elsewhere, but added: “We are not in the habit of doing major sales of players [in the winter transfer window],” Jardim said.
The Monaco coach added that January presented a chance to field some of his emerging players.
Monaco take on Yzeure, a team from the fourth tier, in the Coupe de France on Saturday before tackling Nice in the Coupe de la Ligue next Tuesday. Those games could see younger players given their chance.
And at a news conference shown on the club’s Twitter feed, Jardim said: “That’s our strategy, more than major sales.”
He added that the players “understand” Monaco’s stance.
Monaco are second in Ligue 1, nine points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain.
A host of summer departures followed their championship-winning season as Tiemoue Bakayoko joined Chelsea and Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva moved to Manchester City.
Striker Kylian Mbappe left for PSG in a loan move set to be made permanent at the end of the season.