Zinedine Zidane has reiterated his desire to take Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid after a war of words erupted with PSG chief Leonardo.
Paris-Saint Germain’s sporting director was incensed after Madrid boss Zidane remarked that Mbappe dreamed of one day playing for Los Blancos.
Leonardo urged Zidane to stop “destablising” Mbappe – but the Bernabeu legend has insisted he was only repeating remarks made by the 20-year-old PSG star.
“All I said was something that Kylian Mbappe had already said himself – that it was his dream to one day wear Real Madrid’s white jersey,” Zidane said during Friday’s press conference to preview Real’s La Liga game away to Eibar on Saturday.
“That’s all I said, and I’m saying it again today and I would repeat it again everyday. I have nothing more to say about Leonardo, I can say whatever I want.”
Leonardo had previously said: “Honestly, it’s a bit irritating, it’s annoying, it’s not the first time this has happened.
“I think that now is not the time to talk about this.
“He is a player who has two-and-a-half years left on his contract with us, so to talk about what he wants, his ‘dream’, every time… if we can just stop this, pause this talk.”
PSG are in the process of offering Mbappe an improved deal, but the forward – who joined the club from Monaco for £121million last year – has emerged as the top target for La Liga giants Real.
Speculation has also linked the France forward with a transfer swoop from Liverpool – but Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has been quick to quash such talk.
Klopp said: “Okay, from a sporting point of view, there are not a lot of reasons to not sign Mbappe, what a player he is.
“But it is about the money of course. No chance. Absolutely no chance, sorry for killing that story.
“I don’t think there is a club in the world that can buy Kylian Mbappe from PSG. And we are involved in that too. We cannot do it, it is as easy as that.
“We have nothing (more) to say about it to be honest, but [buying] this calibre of player is difficult.”