Kylian Mbappe is a “phenomenon” and is on his way to being the best player in the world, according to Cesc Fabregas. Monaco midfielder Fabregas has been able to watch Mbappe at close quarters since joining the Ligue 1 side from Chelsea in January and has come away very impressed with the PSG star, who he likens to Thierry Henry and Diego Costa in his timing of runs. But, it’s his hunger to be the best that has the Spanish midfielder really impressed and wishing he had the chance to play with the French star. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream “He’s a phenomenon. He’s clearly going to be the best player in the world in the future,” Fabregas said of the striker. “I always think like a midfielder and if I had him in front of me I’d be giving him assists all the time because he’s so fast, explosive, but he’s also very clever in slipping his markers. “He has his timing down perfectly. [Thierry] Henry and Diego Costa were also brilliant at that. The thing that stands out about Mbappe is that he’s so hungry, he knows how to exploit his ability.” Mbappe’s goals helped PSG cope with the injury-enforced absence of Neymar at the end of 2018-19, and it looked as though the 20-year-old was going to be left to carry the load again this season before the Brazilian ended up staying with the Ligue 1 giants. Neymar still has not featured for PSG this term, but Fabregas doesn’t think he’s lost his ability to dominate the run of play and impact matches. “I played with him. The best players never lose their touch,” Fabregas said. “Sometimes due to things in your head or because you have a coach who doesn’t know how to get the best out of you, you play below your ability. “But if you’re a great player, you always will be. And he’s a great player.” Neymar is in camp with Brazil ahead of a pair of friendlies in the coming week, starting on Friday against Colombia, and his club side will be hoping he can avoid injury ahead of his return to domestic action.
The Sri Lanka navy assisted the Coast Guard to arrest nine Indian fishermen and seized two Indian fishing trawlers poaching in Sri Lankan waters north west of Analative island last night.The fishermen along with their trawlers were handed over to the officials of the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources of Kankasanthurai, the navy media unit said. Meanwhile the navy assisted in the repatriation of four Indian fishermen released from Sri Lankan custody yesterday.They were handed over to the Indian Coast Guard Ship “Rani Durgavathi” at the International Maritime Boundary Line North of Kankasanthurai. (Colombo Gazette)