Who is Benoit Badiashile? The Monaco star wanted by Man Utd and Chelsea

Robin Bairner
Who is Benoit Badiashile? The Monaco star wanted by Man Utd and Chelsea

Benoit Badiashile of Monaco is the latest in a long line of promising young French central defenders to be produced in recent years.

With Dayot Upamecano, William Saliba and Wesley Fofana among those being touted to reach the very top, Badiashile is another pretender aiming to become the best in the world in his role.

He is, however, prepared to do that hard yards. When offered the opportunity to join Manchester United last summer, he turned it down, instead eager to prove himself further at Monaco.

What position does Benoit Badiashile play in?

Badiashile is a pure central defender.

He is aggressive, particularly aerially, but is also smart and does not give away many fouls. Not only is this a defensive asset, it makes him a threat from offensive set pieces.

Furthermore, in possession he is a capable passer, particularly over short and middle distances.

How good is Benoit Badiashile?

Good enough to have already piqued the interest of Manchester United and to have won rave reviews attracting scouts from around the world.

Monaco is not a club that is shy to give its young players a chance to shine, and he is one of those who has been presented with the opportunity from an early age. He signed his first professional contract in February 2018 and made his debut before the end of that year against Paris Saint-Germain, aged just 17.

He has already accumulated more than 70 appearance for Monaco, including more than 60 in Ligue 1 and even a couple in the Champions League.

Monaco’s Benoit Badiashile in Ligue 1 action

Monaco’s Benoit Badiashile in Ligue 1 action

Man Utd moved for him last summer, but he turned them down.

“It was the right choice,” he told RMC in February. “I hadn’t had a good season with Monaco and I knew that. To continue with the club I grew up in was the right solution. Manchester United? I don’t regret that at all.”

Speaking in September, Monaco head coach Niko Kovac had already indicated that he felt Badiashile needed more game time.

“Our goal is to take him to another level by playing a lot of matches in Ligue 1, which is a very good league,” he told Telefoot. “We don’t want to sell him, it’s very clear. He knows the club, the environment. Leaving so young does not guarantee success.”

Badiashile has since become a centrepiece of the Monaco side challenging high up the Ligue 1 standings.

What clubs are interested in Benoit Badiashile?

In the summer of 2020, Bayer Leverkusen, Real Madrid and Manchester United were all linked with Badiashile.

From Badiashile’s comments, it seems that Man Utd’s interest was the most concrete, although Leverkusen have recent history of signing promising youngsters from France, most notably Moussa Diaby from PSG.

When does Benoit Badiashile’s contract expire?

Badiashile turned professional in 2018 and signed a new deal 18 months later. That means he is contracted to Monaco until 2024.

What is Benoit Badiashile’s Instagram?

Benoit Badiashile’s Instagram account can be accessed here. As of 10 March, 2021, he had 20.2k followers.

Who is Benoit Badiashile’s girlfriend?

Badiashile is not currently dating anyone publicly.