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Fabio Capello claims Real Madrid do not want Kylian Mbappe

Ali Shibil Roshan
Fabio Capello
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Fabio Capello has claimed Real Madrid do not need Paris Saint-Germain and France striker Kylian Mbappe and what they 'need' are 'a couple of central defenders'.

Mbappe has been a long-term transfer target of Real Madrid, and the Spanish giants would have landed him in the summer had PSG accepted their bids for the France international.

Mbappe's current deal with PSG expires at the end of the 2021/22 season, and the 22-year-old is widely expected to join Real Madrid for free next year.

But, Capello, who is a former Real Madrid manager, believes Los Blancos should bolster their defensive department instead of signing Mbappe.

Asked to address Real Madrid's interest in Mbappe, Capello referred to the club's 6-1 thrashing of Real Mallorca in September and said the club do not have problems up front even without Mbappe.

"They’ll need time to build a strong team, Madrid need a couple of central defenders," Capello told Corriere dello Sport [via Goal].

"I saw them against Mallorca... Mamma mia! [But] up front they have no problems, even without Mbappe. They have interesting players."

Capello also believes Jorginho, who was instrumental in Chelsea's Champions League win and Italy's Euro 2020 triumph, deserves to win the Ballon d'Or. He said: "He undoubtedly deserves to win the Ballon d’Or, not just because he won everything but because he played a key role in those achievements. I don’t see players who were as decisive as him in 2021"