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Kylian Mbappe Wants to Take the Number 5 Shirt at Real Madrid

Mudeet Arora
Mbappe wants to take the number 5 jersey at Real Madrid
Mbappe wants to take the number 5 jersey at Real Madrid / LOIC VENANCE/Getty Images

French superstar Kylian Mbappe has reportedly set his heart on taking the number five shirt at Real Madrid as it was earlier worn by his idol Zinedine Zidane.

Los Blancos made a £137 million bid for the Frenchman on Tuesday evening, but Paris Saint-Germain rejected the offer.

Madrid are said to be in the process of submitting an improved offer for Mbappe and according to AS, the forward has even decided he wants to wear the number five jersey at his new club.

Mbappe is said to be a huge fan of Zidane and considers the former French midfielder to be his idol, which is the catalyst behind his decision to take this number.

Madrid's number five jersey is currently vacated with Raphael Varane moving to Manchester United.

Ideally, one would think Mbappe would look for the number seven jersey at his new club, but that shirt is being occupied by Eden Hazard at the moment.

The other number worn by Mbappe is number 10, which Luka Modric wears at the club.

Meanwhile, PSG sporting director Leonardo spoke about Mbappe's transfer situation.

He told RMC Sports perGFFN: "Kylian Mbappe wants to leave, that seems clear. If Real Madrid are making an offer, that seems clear... Me I am giving a position, that, I think, is clear for everyone. We cannot, the week before the end of the window, change our plans. If he wants to leave, we will not hold him back, but on our terms.

"We do not plan to speak with Real Madrid again. The deadline is 31st August at midnight. That is how the transfer window works, for us it is clear: we keep him and we extend him.

"But we are not going to allow someone to leave for a fee of less than we paid for him when we still owe Monaco money.

"We are not preparing anything on the market at the moment. He has another year on his contract, we want to extend him. 

"We have never thought about a Plan B. We have created a very positive atmosphere. We are not going to let anyone change that."