Karim Benzema says Kylian Mbappe is ‘welcome’ in Madrid

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Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has talked up the possibility of France teammate Kylian Mbappe joining the club, stating the young superstar is ‘welcome’ in the Spanish capital.

Mbappe is yet to make a decision about his future. He only has one season left on his current contract with Paris Saint-Germain and would have to be sold this summer should he decide he wants to move on. Otherwise, PSG risk losing him on a free transfer next year.

Mbappe has made it clear that he was always been happy at PSG, although he has also been open about the fact he is taking his time to make a decision about the future. He does not want to sign a new long-term contract if he decides only a year down the line he wants a new challenge.

Real have been the club most heavily linked with Mbappe and have tracked the 2018 World Cup winner for years, since he was a youth team player at Monaco.

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Real Madrid have been targeting Mbappe for years | John Berry/Getty Images

“We’ll see what happens. But, in any case he is welcome in Madrid,” Benzema told French outlet M6. “He has all the qualities to be a Real Madrid player one day I hope.”

90min reported in March that Real would be prepared to include Eden Hazard in any approach for Mbappe, potentially lowering the cash outlay.

Cash does not necessarily have to be up front as it is not a release clause that would be triggered, unlike when PSG had to deposit all €222m for sign Neymar from Barcelona in 2017. 90min has also been told by a source that, despite challenging times, potential finances for an Mbappe deal are in place because Real president Florentino Perez has been planning it for the past two years.

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