​Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has doubled down on his claims that it is Kylian Mbappe's dream to play for Los Blancos


Zidane had made these initial claims earlier on the week, which didn't go down well with PSG's sporting director, Leonardo, who described them as 'irritating' and 'annoying', as well as encouraging Zidane among others to stop talking about Mbappe leaving the club.

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And in a press conference on Friday, Zidane refused to back down from what he had said about the Frenchman.


"I simply said what Mbappé said: that his dream was to wear the white shirt. I said it, I say it again and I will say it as many times as I want," he said, as quoted by El Chiringuito.


Zidane's point-blank refusal to respect Leonardo's demands will have sent a clear message to the French giants, who are reportedly in the process of offering their 20-year-old superstar ​improved terms on his current deal.


The financial strength of ​Madrid means they are one of the few clubs that would be able to afford the monster fee that will likely be attached to a man touted as a future Ballon d'Or winner.

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However, the Madrid boss will be hoping that his combative words don't end up coming back to bite his side if PSG opt to make life difficult in negotiations or insist on selling to another club.


Since signing from Monaco in 2017, Mbappe has cemented himself as one of the best players in Europe. In 98 games for PSG, the World Cup-winner has registered 69 goals and 36 assists, while his stellar 2018/19 campaign saw him win Ligue 1 Player of the Year and he joined the likes of Zidane, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira when he was named France's Footballer of the Year at the end of 2018.


Despite welcoming Eden Hazard to the club in the summer and having young Brazilian talents Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior coming through, signing Mbappe is a prospect that Madrid can't overlook.