Real Madrid are in a battle with Manchester City to sign Monaco starlet Kylian Mbappe but they have no intention of offloading their current stars to make way for his arrival.
According to reports in Spain, Mbappe’s compatriot and fellow striker Karim Benzema is set to sign a new five-year deal at the Bernabeu.
Marca claim the ‘untouchable’ 29-year-old has ruled out leaving — even if Mbappe does join — and is considered a vital part of manager Zinedine Zidane’s system.
Karim Benzema is set to sign a new five-year contract with Real Madrid, according to reports
Benzema has developed into the spearhead of Los Blancos’ formidable ‘BBC’ strike partnership alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. And the Madrid-based paper claim Zidane values his fellow Frenchman’s goals and gameplay.
Mbappe, meanwhile, is one of the most sought-after strikers in Europe after leading Monaco to the French title and the semi-finals of the Champions League.
He has already seen the likes of Tiemoue Bakoyoko and Bernardo Silva leave Stade Louis II as Leonardo Jardim struggles to keep hold of the stars that propelled his side to the top table of European football.
The 18-year-old’s future remains uncertain as the new season draws ever nearer. Real are firm favourites to sign him after tabling a world record £160million bid.
But ahead of City’s 4-1 win over Madrid on Wednesday night, Pep Guardiola warned his former rivals that the Premier League side can match Los Blancos’ financial muscle.
City have held talks with Monaco over the transfer of Mbappe as they look to make him the third player from the Ligue 1 side to join this summer. They have already signed Silva and Benjamin Mendy for a combined £95m.