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"I said it and I will repeat it: Real Madrid is a dream for Mbappe" ... something Zinedine Zidane did not hide.
The next bright star in the football sky, an unobtrusive goal for Real Madrid, and the newspaper "AS" clarified the plan of Real Madrid's board to bring him.
AS explained that the Florentino Perez, Real Madrid's board director, is aiming to bring Mbappe in the summer of 2021, not next summer, and described it as the "longest transfer" Perez was working on.
Mbappe contract with his current team Paris Saint-Germain expires in the summer of 2022, which means that they will be forced to sell him in the summer of 2021 so that he does not leave for free in the second summer.
The deal was valued at between 150 and 200 million euros, to be the most expensive in Real Madrid's history.
Real Madrid will be keen during this period to open an indirect line of communication with the circle surrounding the player, to persuade him not to renew for Paris Saint-Germain.
The newspaper stressed that if Mbappe renews his contract, he will be away from Real Madrid, because the Royal Club is completely relying on pressure on Paris the summer before the contract expired.
A similar strategy was to bring Eden Hazard last summer from Chelsea for 100 million euros, a year before his contract expired.
Mbappe, 21, has been playing in Paris Saint-Germain since the summer of 2017, after he started his career in Monaco.
World champion with his country France scored 82 goals in 112 games with his current team, and made 45 goals.
The relationship between Mbappe and his coach Thomas Tuchel was strained recently, and the player objected to his replacement on two different occasions.
Zidane flirted with his countryman during a press conference, declaring that "Mbappe has always stated that his dream is to play for Real Madrid."
Leonardo, the sporting director of Saint-Germain, criticizes these statements, saying: "These are statements that destabilize us."