Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane made his press conference appearance on Monday prior to his squad’s crucial Champions League matchup against Paris Saint-Germain.
One of the biggest topics of conversation was, of course, PSG’s young superstar, Kylian Mbappe. Zidane didn’t hide his adoration for the wunderkid when asked about the 20-year-old forward.
When asked about the French starlet, Zidane said, ” I’ve known him for a long time. I’ve been in love with him for a long time, but as a person first.”
The young star’s compatriot’s comments did nothing to slow down the rumors that have tied Mbappe to Los Blancos for the better part of the past year.
PSG coach Thomas Tuchel didn’t take too well to Zidane’s admitted adulation for his team’s top star, saying “Kylian is our player. We are trying to create a team with him. I do not want to consider Kylian departing anytime soon .”
Mbappe has had yet another sensational start to the 2019-20 season, scoring 9 goals and recording 4 assists in 12 official games in the first few months of the campaign.
The Parisians will look for Mbappe to lead them to at least a point against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday, which would clinch first place in their group in the Champions League.