Real Madrid clear favourites to sign Monaco youngster Kylian Mbappe

17 Mar 2017

Real Madrid are set to reignite their interest in Monaco star Kylian Mbappé, whose performances for the Ligue 1 side this season have earned the 18-year-old a call-up to the France national team.

Mbappé starred as Monaco dumped Manchester City out of the Champions League in a stunning 6-6 aggregate victory, scoring the opening goal in the return leg last Wednesday. In France he is already drawing comparisons with former Monaco forward Thierry Henry and Didier Deschamps has seen enough to have included Mbappé in his latest Bleus squad.

The main driver behind Madrid’s interest in Mbappé, who is the son of a football coach and a basketball player, is Zinedine Zidane. The current Real boss recommended the youngster in 2014 and although Mbappé visited Valdebebas and met his idol, Cristiano Ronaldo, no agreement was reached and he instead signed for Monaco. “I was like a wide-eyed kid when Zidane, France’s greatest-ever player, called me but I didn’t go to Madrid because I didn’t want to leave my country at such a young age,” Mbappé said in an interview with ESPN last December.

Since then Mbappé has exploded. In his last four games as a starter he has scored seven goals and has 17 in total this season. Jorge Mendes has expressed an interest in representing the 18-year-old, whose parents currently handle his affairs and in France there is talk of an 80-millio-euro price tag to acquire his services.

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