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Exclusive | Christian Koffi on the special bond at Monaco’s youth academy: “One big family.”

Speaking as part of an exclusive interview with Get Italian Football News, 19-year-old Franco-Ivorian attacker and Fiorentina player Christian Koffi discussed his time in the AS Monaco youth academy, where a certain Kylian Mbappé impressed from the off.

“It’s difficult to talk about our cohort without mentioning Kylian Mbappé. Our generation [2000] had just arrived when they’d won the Gambardella [FA Youth Cup equivalent], and when he’d just started to play for the first team. Apart from Kylian, there are a lot more. Monaco’s strength comes from the fact that they have so much talent. You have Benoît Badiashile who’s playing there, or Képhren Thuram, Moussa Sylla too – from my generation I can name a few who are really good.”

“What’s great about Monaco is that we’re like one big family, even with those who have left. We still keep in contact, whether you’re from the 97 or 02 cohort we all speak together. Despite the adversity, we were able to keep our links.”

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