Speaking ahead of AS Monaco’s match against Nantes, manager Philippe Clement praised Vanderson (21) despite the right-back currently struggling for form, whilst also revealing high-level interest in the player.

After making an explosive start to life at the Stade Louis II following his January arrival from Gremio, Vanderson has struggled to hit the same heights again this season. Clement told GFFN journalist Luke Entwistle that fellow right-back Ruben Aguilar (29) will be out for several weeks with a foot injury, leaving the Brazilian as the only fit, first-choice right-back.

Clement heaped praise on the young Brazilian during Friday’s press conference, waxing lyrical about his mentality. However, the Belgian coach also alluded to strong interest in the player.

Questioned on Vanderson’s recent form, Clement replied, “Vanderson has been less consistent recently, but he is still a young player. He had an exceptional adaptation here [last season]. We have already spoken about that. He is also a player who is and continues to interest lots of big clubs. That can possibly do something to the mindset, not that he didn’t have his feet on the ground, but Vanderson is very ambitious and a huge perfectionist.”

He continued, “Every day he wants to be better than the last. That can give him a lot of pressure, lots of stress with all of the ambition that he has. We need to manage that more for him. If I left him to it, he would train for 18 hours a day. He is like that. Sometimes we need physical and mental breaks and he is a young player that needs to manage that. He will do it, because he has such a positive frame of mind.”


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