Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane responds to Kylian Mbappe transfer links

Real Madrid are long-term admirers of the France international.


Posted Wednesday, November 06, 2019 by Express.co.uk

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane responds to Kylian Mbappe transfer links
Kylian Mbappe has been on Real Madrid's radar for two years (Image: GETTY)

Zinedine Zidane is adamant PSG striker Kylian Mbappe wants to join Real Madrid.

Mbappe's future at the Parc des Princes has been up in the air for the last few months, despite the striker only signing for PSG for two years ago.

The former Monaco man is understood to be a long-term target for Real, though the Spanish giants have repeatedly denied any interest in signing him.

According to former Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev, the La Liga giants were interested in signing Mbappe in the summer of 2017 but the France international opted to join PSG instead because he thought it was 'too early' to move to the Bernabeu.

Vasilyev's comments were put to the Real manager during a press conference ahead of their Champions League clash with Galatasaray on Tuesday night.

And the Frenchman appeared to reiterate his desire to sign the 20-year-old.

"I don't know, it's the player who decides," he said when asked if he thought Mbappe would ever play for Los Blancos. "At the moment he plays for Paris Saint-Germain, we'll see in the future if that changes.

"I know he always said his dream is to play for Real Madrid."

Real enter their Group A clash with Galatasaray with four points to their name after three fixtures.

Should they fail to beat the Turkish giants, PSG, who top the group by five points, could seal qualify as group winners with a victory over Belgian side Club Brugge.

Zidane knows his troops will be under immense pressure to deliver at the Bernabeu, saying: "We're always happy to play at home but there's a responsibility as well because it's a Champions League match and we want to play a good game and for that we have to be well prepared," Zidane said of Gala's impending visit.

"We always go into these games with the same idea, the same attitude. We're in good shape, we know what we have to do and I'm not too worried whether it's like a final or not.

"I think you just have to think about going out and playing a good game, hope the fans are with you and go out and try to win the game and hope everyone plays well.

"We always need the fans with us and I think they always are with us.

"They want to see their team play well and win and that's what we need, we need the fans to help us and be with us in the difficult moments of a match, that's what it's about.

"The other day [a 0-0 draw at home to Real Betis in La Liga on Saturday] it was difficult for us to get a goal but we need the fans with us and the players need the fans with us."

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