Karim Benzema said he would like to one day play alongside his French attacking colleague, Kylian Mbappe, Real Madrid, and expressed his happiness at winning a title with his country after six years of absence from the team.
Paris Saint-Germain rejected an offer from Real Madrid to sign Mbappe for 160 million euros (185.5 million dollars) this year, and Spanish and French media reported that the Spanish club made two other offers, the second of which was worth 180 million euros, and the French club also rejected it.
Mbappe is a candidate to join Real Madrid
Mbappe will be free to negotiate with Real Madrid and any other clubs starting next January, and join any club he wants for free at the end of his contract with Paris Saint-Germain next June, unless the French club can convince him to sign a new contract.
Benzema and Mbappe scored two goals to lead France to turn from behind to a 2-1 victory over Spain in the UEFA Nations League final in Milan last Sunday.
The Real Madrid striker told Spanish television network TVEHe would like to play alongside the 22-year-old striker, at Real Madrid.
Benzema said: “Why not? I always say that and I will say it again, of course I would like to play (with Mbappe) one day. I enjoy playing with him in the France national team, so why don’t we play together in the future (at Real Madrid)? He is a great player. But now we have to respect his club, Paris Saint-Germain.”
Benzema has been absent from the France squad since 2015, following a blackmail scandal, for which he will appear in court this month.
Thus, he did not participate in France’s victory in the 2018 World Cup, before he was suddenly called up by coach Didier Deschamps before the European Championship 2020.
Strong comeback for Benzema
Benzema scored four goals for France in four Euro 2020 matches before being knocked out in the last 16 by Switzerland, but he spoke of his pride in winning the Nations League title.
“It means a lot to me. It’s my first title with the national team, and I feel very proud of the work I did after six years of absence from the team,” said Benzema, who has scored nine goals with Real Madrid in eight La Liga matches this season.
He concluded: “It makes me very happy, I gave a strong performance both physically and mentally, and I am looking forward to winning another title.”