Silva pays homage to Jardim

Monaco midfielder Bernardo Silva has credited Leonardo Jardim for his rapid development that has seen him rated as one of Europe's most sought after talents.

Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and Barcelona are all reportedly vying for the signature of the Portugal international, after starring in an advanced midfield role for the Ligue 1 side in the UEFA Champions League season.

The principality club are currently level on points with Paris Saint-Germain on 74 points, but remain title favorites due to their superior goal difference and a game in hand over Unai Emery's side.

Les Monégasques are also on course to reach the semi-final's of the Champions League after an impressive 3-2 victory over Borussia Dortmund in their first-leg tie at the Signal Iduna Park on Wednesday.

Their rapid rise in European football has been one of the stories of the season and while teenage forward Kylian Mbappe continues to grab headlines, Silva has quietly been stamping his authority at the Stade Louis II.

"He gave me confidence from the start. He's very good with young players. He told me how important it is that I work hard, and he didn't rush me too much," he told the Ligue 1 official website.

"I also knew we had a very strong team with top top players. But the coach has really helped give me confidence.

"I think the club bought very cleverly," Silva added in reference to their sudden rise to prominence in the European game.

"On top of that, the team is very young and we've played together for two or three years now. It's really just the same team with two or three years more experience, and that makes the difference. I think the players Monaco brought in adapted very quickly, and now our game comes naturally."

Since joining the French top-flight side in 2015 for a reported €16 million from Benfica, the 22-year-old has scored 26 goals and registered 17 assists in 137 games.

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