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French superstar Kylian Mbappe will become a Real Madrid player “someday”, according to Los Blancos striker Karim Benzema.
Mbappe, 22, continues to run down for the last 10 months of his contract at the Parc de Princes.
Real Madrid’s long-standing interest in Mbappe turned into two concrete offers last week.
PSG sporting director Leonardo accused Real of being “disrespectful and illegal” over their pursuit of Mbappe after publicly rejecting their first bid of 160 million. EUR.
Real returned late Tuesday with a bid of € 220m. (£ 189 million) On Mbappe; PSG never even responded to that offer.
Instead, PSG are now likely to lose the player on a free transfer next year when the current contract expires. Real Madrid are ready and waiting in the wings for that to happen.
Speaking after France’s 1-1 World Cup qualifier with Bosnia-Herzegovina on Wednesday, Said Benzema RTL about Real’s interest in his compatriot: “He is a player who will play for Real Madrid one day.”
Benzema, 33, is likely to see Mbappe as his long-term successor at the Bernabeu, and the couple are good friends.
“We get along really well and I would like him to be with me today in Madrid,” Benzema added.
PSG boss Leonardo publicly insisted they would not “hold back” Mbappe.
“Mbappe would like to leave, it seems clear to me,” he told the French source RMC Sport. “If Real Madrid make a bid, it seems clear to me. Me, I give an attitude that I think is ready for everyone.
“We can not change our plans in the last week of the window. If he is ready to leave, we will not hold him back, but that will be our terms.
However, PSG’s refusal to consider Madrid’s second offer has made Mbappe feel ‘betrayed’ by PSG, Spanish outlet claims field (via Express).
The player hoped that an agreement would be reached before noon. 23:00 on the deadline day, even though it never arrived.
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The pair lined up in a three-man France attack alongside Antoine Griezmann. And it was the latter who earned Les Bleus a point three minutes after Edin Dzeko’s strike in the 36th minute had put the visitors ahead.
“We would have liked to have won this match there, in France, in front of our audience,” Benzema said. “In the first half we made good moves, in the second half with the red card we fell back a bit, which is normal when we play a minor.
“Fortunately, the public can not wait to see us, to be the 12th man on the field, as they say.”
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