Man United target Benoit Badiashile is France's next big thing, but he was once reprimanded by Thierry Henry for his bad manners

Man United target Benoit Badiashile is France's next big thing, but he was once reprimanded by Thierry Henry for his bad manners

July 16, 2019

YOU always want to be on the good side of your manager.

But when French wonderkid Benoit Badiashile, 18, forgot his manners in front of former Monaco boss Thierry Henry, he was quickly reminded.

It all happened in December last year at a press conference ahead of Monaco's must-win match against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

Badiashile was sat alongside the Arsenal legend answering reporters' questions, and when the pair finished they jumped up from their seats to leave the room.

However, poor Benoit forgot to tuck his chair in and Henry glared at him like a naughty schoolboy until the youngster returned to the table to correct his mistake.


Despite infuriating his former manager, Badiashile was bled into the team by Henry who quickly realised the towering defender's qualities.

The 6ft 4in France under-19 international, who only turned 18 four months ago, went on to play 19 times in all competitions for the Ligue 1 side as he made his breakthrough in the first team.

And when Henry was fired from the Stade Louis II, experienced manager Leonardo Jardim continued to integrate the prodigy into his side – installing a greater defensive discipline into Badiashile.


Born in France, and raised by Congolese parents – Badiashile harbored dreams of playing professional football.

But it was his elder goalkeeping brother who made the grade first.

Loic Badiashile, 21, is also highly thought of at Monaco – and made his first team debut in a UEFA Champions League qualifier against Fenerbache in 2016.

It ended in a disappointing 2-1 loss, and it seems that bad results on their debuts runs in the Badiashile family.

Last November, Benoit was thrown into the side against PSG and the Red and Whites were taught a lesson.

He was helpless as Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani put Monaco to the sword, with the Uruguayan netting a hat-trick.


It was a rude awakening for the teen sensation, but it didn't destroy his confidence and he showed incredible mental strength to shrug that disappointment of.

That courageous spirit is just one of Badiashile's many qualities that have caught the eye of Europe's top club, including Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

For his strong frame, his pace and ability to read the game and snuff out danger before it arrives is reminiscent of Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly, who was in frame for a move to Man United before the Red Devils were reportedly quoted £110m.

A powerhouse at the back, he's tough to get past, but as with most young defenders positionally he can drift away from his man.

That said, coaches for the French national team believe he's the next big thing and have high hopes for Badiashile.

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He's been capped at under-16 level – all the way through to the under-19's for France – and is expected to become a full international in time.

It's no secret that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is scouring the world for a centre back to leak up a shaky defence that let in 10 goals in the last five games of last season.

He could do no wrong than Badiashile, who is made for the Premier League and will reportedly cost £31.4m.

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