Karim Benzema has emphasized that he is “not disappointed” by Kylian Mbappe’s decision to turn down Real Madrid’s offer.
The brilliant striker was speaking after his fifth UEFA Champions League win over Los Blancos, honored with a Vinicius Jr. goal in the second half against Liverpool in Paris on Saturday night.
Karim Benzema teammate Kylian Mbappe was expected to join Real Madrid on a free transfer this summer, but the 23-year-old caused a shock last weekend as he completed an amazing U-turn by signing a new three-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain.
The key injury to that decision was an egg on the face of Benzema, a regular striker and public speaker about moving to the Bernabeu for his international team partner months ago.
However, the current Real Madrid striker has insisted that he did not like Mbappe’s choice and that it would not affect their friendship, despite his confidential post on social media after the announcement.
“I would love for him to be able to achieve his dream of playing for Real Madrid, for us to be together,” he told Telefoot.
“He has chosen PSG, we have to respect him. It is his decision, he has a lot of responsibilities. We will enjoy playing together in the national team. Everyone has a choice.”
“Real Madrid is Real Madrid, I’m not disappointed. We are best friends, it will not affect our relationship.”
Real Madrid will now be forced to pursue further goals this summer, having missed out on both Mbappe and Erling Haaland, who will be joining Manchester City.