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French pundits fear Mbappe's departure after Zidane

IANS  |  Paris 

The reappointment of as Real Madrid's head has raised fears in France's sporting press that the national hero could seek to sign Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) star to play in the Spanish capital in 2019.

In an interview with a French football show on Sunday, Mbappe, 20, announced that he had no intention of leaving the side and said he would be at PSG for the 2019-2020 season.

However, the return of Mbappe's idol, Zidane, 46, to Madrid's stadium has left the French press tense with speculation, reports news.

"Hazard and Mbappe Targeted," was the headline French paper ran on Tuesday, in a nod to a possible deal between the French and the capital team's leadership to try and bring in an infusion of youth to Madrid, with and Chelsea striker Eden Hazard, 28, and Mbappe.

reported that Zidane had made requests to the Spanish club's conditional upon his returning to be the head The paper also added that picking up Mbappe to play on the Iberian side could be just what needed after the departure of star, Cristiano Ronaldo, 34, to Italian giant in the summer of 2018.

Meanwhile, bemoaned "The return of Zidane is anything but good news for PSG."

also said a Zidane-led could be vying to gobble up PSG forward Neymar Jr., 27, instead of Mbappe, underscoring that getting the Brazilian star playing at has been "an old dream of Perez."

Zidane, who quit the capital club last summer after winning three consecutive titles with the Spanish powerhouse, replaced on Monday after Madrid crashed and burned in three anticipated competitions -- all at the capital side's home pitch and two of which were against the capital club's nemesis -- in just one week.

On Monday, a club statement confirmed Solari's sacking and said, "The board of directors ... agreed on the appointment of as of Real Madrid with immediate effect for the remainder of the season and the next three campaigns, until June 30, 2022."

The Frenchman seemed to be the safest bet among the other candidates -- which reportedly also included another former Madrid coach, the troubled Portuguese -- had linked with getting the team back on track.



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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 10:32 IST