After the master-class display at Camp Nou Kylian MBappe is the talk of the town and Real Madrid have become eager than before to sign the youngster and World Cup Champion – Real Madrid believe he can be the next the big, which they are looking for since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.
But that move of Mbappe to Santiago Bernabeu is yet to be fulfilled.
Nevertheless, the Real Madrid hierarchy and the coach Zinedine Zidane are always keeping an eye on the French youngster.
While speaking to the press before the game against Real Valladolid Zidane was asked about Mabappe’s display against Barcelona and his link to Real Madrid.
He said, “I watch all the games and I always enjoy when I see good things. I’m just like all fans in that sense.”
“I will not go into that (Real Madrid move). Yes, everyone talks about the game, and what Mbappe did does not surprise anyone because I know him.”
“I watched it as a fan and, to make it clear, the most important thing is what we have to do tomorrow and the rest I watch with pleasure and attention.”
Asked if Erling Haaland and Mbappe could be the successors of Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi on the world stage, Zidane said it’s possible.
“We will see, they are very good, like Messi, Cristiano, and Neymar,” Zidane stated.
“They are younger, [and are] the players of the present and the future.”
Karim Benzema has been ruled out of the meeting with Valladolid and is a serious doubt for the Champions League round of 16 first leg against Atalanta.
“He won’t play tomorrow. He’s got a niggle and because it happened yesterday, he won’t play tomorrow,” he said.
“We’ll need to see for next week.”
Speculation surrounding Sergio Ramos’ future rolls on, but Zidane wasn’t keen to get involved.
“Everyone is entitled to their opinion,” he said.
“We want to sort out the renewals and then there’s always going to talk about who could come in.”
“That’ll never go away. All of us who work here know that. The day-to-day work is enough.”
Real Madrid are still six points behind leaders Atletico, who have a game in hand, but Zidane isn’t set to give up.
“There are 45 points at stake and we are going to continue doing our own thing without thinking about any other team,” he said.
“We have to focus on our own job. It is not an incentive to see that the league is closer [after Atletico’s draw with Levante].”
“We have to go day to day, training, working to play later and we are fortunate to be able to enjoy the daily routine.”
“Every year there is competition and we will continue. We have two [possible trophies] left: LaLiga and the Champions League and we will continue fighting to the death, until the end of the season.”