Zinedine Zidane wants to keep Ronaldo, Bale, and Benzema for the upcoming season amid reports Kylian Mbappe’s imminent arrival.
The French starlet is said to have agreed in principle to a move estimated to cost Real Madrid over 180 million euros. However, the president of AS Monaco has recently come out to deny this piece of news. According to him, the only ongoing talk is a contract renewal negotiations between the French champions and the entourage of the 18-year-old prospect.
Zinedine Zidane, after witnessing his side battered 4:1 by Manchester City in a preseason game, confirmed that things were going on in the background. All the same, the French manager emphasized his desire to see the fulcrum of his attack in Bale, Benzema, and Cristiano together in action in the upcoming season—the latter especially.
Interesting, Mbappe will compete with Ronny, Benzema and Bale for a place in Madrid's front three.
— SCHOLES (@iamscholes) July 25, 2017
The 32-year-old Portuguese has been frequently linked with a move away from the Spanish giants but the exit rumors have been dilatory after he came out to confirm his stay.
“Let’s all hope that the members of the BBC [Bale, Benzema, and Cristiano] stay here,” he said in his press conference.
“I want the BBC to stay put, it’s the same for all of the players who are here. That said, up until 31 August anything can happen.
“We’re working on things and we’ll see what happens. We’ve got the players who are here now and we’ll just have to see what happens.”
Real Madrid’s will take on Barcelona in El Clasico Miami on Saturday. Obviously, the club’s poster-boy, Cristiano Ronaldo, will be unavailable to participate but he is expected to link up with his teammates in Madrid on August 5.