Zinedine Zidane Hints at Need to Respect PSG in Kylian Mbappé Transfer Pursuit

​Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has refused to be drawn on speculation linking his side with a move for Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappé.

Los Blancos are understood to be incredibly keen on the 20-year-old, and there has even been talk of a world-record ​€400m bid for the Frenchman in the near future.

Kylian Mbappe

Speaking ahead of his side’s meeting with Valencia on Sunday (via the club’s ​official website), Zidane refused to discuss any of the rumours, although he did not shy away from admitting his admiration for ​Mbappé.

“He’s a PSG player and I’m not going to comment on the things that happen there. That would show a lack of respect,” the boss said.

“As for everything else, people are aware that I know Kylian really well, but I have to show respect for things.”

Zinedine Zidane

Zidane has previously spoken about his ‘​love‘ for the forward, but he has been more reserved this time around. Having said that, his words are certainly not going to put an end to the rumours.

Mbappé remains under contract in Paris until 2022, but the Ligue 1 giants are working tirelessly to tie him down to a contract similar to the size of ​Neymar‘s bumper deal in an attempt to convince him to stay.

However, the Frenchman is ​yet to show any willingness to negotiate. It is believed that he wants to see how PSG fare in the ​Champions League this season, and he would be open to leaving if he feels the French side don’t have what it takes to win the competition.

Kylian Mbappe

PSG are understood to be concerned by his recent attitude change, having seen him clash with manager Thomas Tuchel on a number of occasions, and ​Real are currently monitoring the situation in the hope of taking advantage in the near future.

Zidane has made Mbappé his top priority, so expect the speculation to rumble on for the foreseeable future.

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