Kylian Mbappe

Karim Benzema claims Kylian Mbappe 'will play for Real Madrid one day'

Scott Saunders
Benzema thinks Mbappe is sure to join Real Madrid
Benzema thinks Mbappe is sure to join Real Madrid / Marcio Machado/Getty Images

Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema believes it's "just a matter of time" before French international teammate Kylian Mbappe joins Real Madrid.

Mbappe has been the main target of Madrid president Florentino Perez for a number of years now, and Real made offers to Paris Saint-Germain to bring him to the Spanish capital at the end of the last transfer window.

PSG resisted, but Mbappe is out of contract next summer and now widely expected to leave the club on a free transfer in favour of getting his long-wanted move to Santiago Bernabeu.

Speaking in a lengthy interview with L'Equipe, Benzema was quizzed around the future of Real Madrid as they go through a remodelling phase of their squad - something Mbappe is likely to be the crown jewel of. And the 33-year-old is convinced the move will happen at some point.

"He said it himself. He wants to see something else," Benzema said of Mbappe. "He will play for Real one day. I do not know when. But he will come. It's just a matter of time."

Real have not spent big in the transfer market in recent years, instead opting to pursue some of the finest young players in the world - with the likes of Vinicius Jr now starting to come into his own.

Eduardo Camavinga joined in August and Benzema believes his progression will be well-served alongside the likes of Luka Modric, Casemiro and Toni Kroos, and he also sees the club's strategy as the right way to move forward.

"Real remain the best club in the world," Benzema added. "Reconstruction or not, it's a new football, a new generation, new players. We have to invest in young people so that they one day become great players. 

"I am here to help them. I talk to them a lot. I want to improve them. When you improve others, you improve the team and you get a lot of satisfaction from it."