Reuters / SERGIO PEREZ
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane praised the performance of his compatriot Kilian Mbappe, the Paris Saint-Germain striker against Barcelona, in the first leg of the 16th round of the Champions League, stressing that he enjoys the beauty of his play.
Zidane said during the press conference, today, Thursday, on the eve of his team’s match against Valladolid, in the 24th round of the Spanish League, about Kylian Mbappe’s hat-trick against Barcelona: “I watch all the games, and I like Mbappe, and I enjoy when I see great things, like everyone. “.
The French coach commented on the competition between his compatriot Mbappe and the young Norwegian star Erling Haaland, the striker of Borussia Dortmund, saying: “We will see, they are two great players like Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar, they are young, so they are the present and the future.”
Zidane declined to answer a question about who he loves the most, Haaland or Mbappe, saying: “What I love is seeing football, and the good players, and as I said they are the present and the future, and I will not answer this.”
Zidane commented on the fans’ demand, Florentino Perez, to sign Mbappe, saying: “Certainly, the public has the right to express its opinion.”
Zidane responded to a question about whether it was necessary to ask the coach before hiring the two stars, saying: “These things are always done together, with the club and the coach, and there are many rumors about who will come and who will leave, and this is something that will not change.”
“What Mbappe did in the last game was very impressive, and I liked his performance, but I watch it for the beauty of football,” he said at the end of his speech.
On the renewal of players’ contracts and future deals, he explained: “They are just discussions, and everyone can express their opinion, and we want to resolve issues with our players as soon as possible, and with regard to foreign matters, we are Madrid and they always talk about the best players coming to us.”