Manchester United summer target Fabinho has revealed this season will be his last at Monaco, putting a number of suitors on red alert for his services.
The Red Devils along with other top European clubs were queuing for the Brazilian midfielder signature during the summer but Monaco held on to his services insisting the talented midfielder was not for sale.
The Ligue One defending champions were highly raided last summer with most of Fabinho’s team mates including Tiemoue Bakayoko, Kylian Mbappe, BernaRdo Silva and Benjamin Mendy making high profile move to Europe’s elite clubs.
Speaking in a recent interview as quoted by ESPN, the 24-year old star insisted this season is his last at Monaco and he could join La Liga club Atletico Madrid or other bigger club next summer.
“Normally, it’s my last season at Monaco. I don’t think there’s the possibility to leave [in January],” ESPN quote him as saying on Wednesday.
“I’ve not had any contact and I haven’t asked to leave in January. I’m calm at Monaco, and I wouldn’t be able to play in the Champions League with another team.
“During the transfer window and even in the month after, it was a difficult situation to handle [not leaving]. I should have left, I didn’t leave. But I’m not think about that any more – the page has been turned.
“I’m focused on Monaco, but I know I’m not the Fabinho of last season. I’m not in a bad spell, but I’m not back to my best. I’m not able to do the same things as last season.
“In my head, I know I must do better, improve, help the team play better and win matches.
“It’s a possibility [joining Atletico], but no one from Atletico has spoken to me or my agent.
“We’re talking about the summer transfer window, but a lot of things can happen between now and then. I’ll have to show that I have the level to play in teams like that. We’ll talk about that in May.”
Jose Mourinho could try another attempt to lure the midfielder to Old Trafford next summer having failed early on.
Contract rebel Marouane Fellaini is yet to renew his contract which expires next summer and reportedly wants to leave Old Trafford for new challenges.
Fabinho could be a suitable replacement for the Belgian star should United chief Ed Woodward sanction a move.
However, United will have to battle other top teams including Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid for Fabinho services.