Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema admits he would love to team up with France team-mate Kylian Mbappe at club level in the future.
Mbappe has been heavily linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu – often expressing his desire to leave Paris St-Germain.
The 22-year-old’s contract expires next summer with reports suggesting he will not renew his deal.
The Parisiens remain hopeful that he will renew, however. Despite his contract situation, Madrid bid €220million for the player, which was rejected by PSG.
Discussing the potential signing of Mbappe, current Real talisman, Benzema, says he is hoping to link up with his friend soon.
“I enjoy with him in the national team and in the future, why not? He is a great player, but you have to respect PSG. I have always said it and I say it again; I hope we will play some day,” he said [quotes via Marca].
The pair have enjoyed recent success with the France national team; beating Spain in the UEFA Nations League final on Sunday.
Benzema scored a wonderful equaliser after Mikel Oyarzabal opened the scoring for La Roja. Mbappe then scored the winner with ten minutes remaining.
“It means a lot to me,” Benzema said after the win.
“I am very proud of my work after five years without a national team. It has been very hard work physically and mentally and I am looking forward to working and continuing to win titles.”
Elsewhere, Raheem Sterling has admitted he would be “open” to leaving Manchester City in search of regular playing time.
The 26-year-old said on Thursday [quotes via the Telegraph]: “If there was the option to go somewhere else for more game time I would be open to it. As I said football is the most important thing to me.
“Challenges that I have set myself from a young age and dreams as well. As an English player all I know is the Premier League and I’ve always thought, you know, maybe one day I’d love to play abroad. See how I would come up against that challenge.”