Karim Benzema last night won his fifth Champions League title with Real Madrid of Spain.
Benzema discussed Kylian Mbappé’s decision to turn down Real Madrid and sign a contract renewal with Paris Saint-Germain.
The striker had often spoken in the past of the prospect of playing with the former Monaco man at club level.
“I would have liked him to realise his dream and for us to play for Real Madrid together. Now he’s chosen PSG, and it has to be respected. He’s young, he has a lot of responsibilities on him, it’s his choice.”
“He’s a PSG player, and we’ll enjoy playing for the national team together. I’m not upset because everyone makes choices. I’m happy and I hope he’ll do some good things.”
“[On whether it will impact their friendship and relationship in the France team] Never. We are good friends.”
Florentino Perez, president of Real Madrid, analysed Real Madrid’s Champions League triumph, as well as assuring fans that Kylian Mbappe is now forgotten.
“I’m calm and happy, we’ve all worked hard all season to be able to reach a situation like the one we’re in,” Perez told Movistar+
“Real Madrid will always continue to work on having the best players, but today Mbappe is already forgotten.
“Nothing has happened, Real Madrid have had a perfect season and that is a forgotten issue, there is only a Real Madrid party.”