Zinedine Zidane has once again covered Kylian Mbappe in high praise, further fuelling speculation that Real Madrid will pull out all the stops to sign the superstar forward in summer.
Zidane faced the media on Monday, ahead of Madrid’s crunch Champions League group stage meeting with Paris Saint Germain.
Mbappe, now valued at £324 million (€370 million), is set to come up against Zidane’s side, and the iconic manager was asked for his true opinions on his fellow Frenchman.
“I’m already in love with Mbappe,” said Zidane, not holding back on praise for the 20-year-old.
“I’ve known Mbappe for a long time, he came to do a test,” Zidane added, referencing a time the forward came to Madrid as a youth player.
Though there has been uncertainties surrounding who PSG will play up front at the Bernabeu, Zidane concluded: “I think both Neymar and Mbappe are going to play.”
PSG are growing increasingly wary of bids coming in for their wonder kid Mbappe in summer, and have begun the process of talks with the player in hope of agreeing a new bumper deal.
Madrid’s desire for Mbappe is however no secret, and Zidane has repeatedly spoken about Mbappe in public at every opportunity.
The Frenchman’s recent declaration that his young compatriot holds a dream of moving to the Bernabeu one day is said to have infuriated PSG’s sporting director Leonardo.
He called on Zidane to stop ‘destabilising’ Mbappe in the media, but the Madrid boss remained resolute on his stance.
“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 retorted during a La Liga press conference earlier in November.
A PSG victory in Madrid would see the Ligue 1 club stamp complete domination on Group A and be confirmed victors at a canter.
With a 100 per cent winning record so far in the competition, PSG have 12 points from four matches played.
Madrid sit in second place on seven points, with Club Brugges on two and Turkish giants Galatasaray wallowing on just a single point.