Kylian Mbappe plays down France team-mate Karim Benzema’s dig at his decision to stay at PSG as they have ‘a good relationship’ and claims ‘you don’t have to have military training’ to see the message actually comes from Real Madrid chiefs
- Kylian Mbappe announced he has signed a new three-year deal to stay at PSG
- France team-mate Karim Benzema responded to the decision on Instagram
- The 23-year-old had been expected to move to Real Madrid but snubbed the club
- Benzema posted a series of images that seemed to reference the situation
- The PSG star has said he will explain the decision to his international team-mate
Kylian Mbappe has played down France team-mate Karim Benzema’s dig following his decision to snub Real Madrid to stay at PSG.
The 23-year-old announced he had signed a new £650,000-a-week three-year deal with the French side before their 5-0 win over Metz on Saturday after many expected him to make the move to Madrid this summer.
The decision did not go down well with the Spanish media or his international team-mate Benzema, who posted an image onto his Instagram story that seemed to reference the situation.
Kylian Mbappe (right) played down Karim Benzema’s (left) dig at his decision to stay at PSG
The France forward shared a picture of his own hand, bandaged up, pointing upwards towards the Real Madrid logo – with Madristas believing that it was a clear message to his compatriot.
Shortly after, Benzema uploaded another photo of rapper Tupac Shakur shaking hands with actor Stephen Baldwin.
The picture has historically had connotations of betrayal because some have claimed the man in the background of the image supposedly betrayed the late rapper and had a role in Shakur’s death.
The first picture Benzema shared, of his own hand pointing upwards towards the Madrid logo
The picture of Tupac and General Steele historically has had connotations of betrayal but the latter has never been proven to have been connected with Shakur’s death
However, in reality, the person in question – General Steele – has never been proven to have had a connection to Shakur’s death.
Mbappe insisted he would discuss the decision with Benzema when the pair next link up with the France national team.
‘Yes, yes, and I saw several Real Madrid players publishing things. I have nothing to say,’ Mbappe told Marca, via Metro.
‘Of course, when I go to the French national team, I will explain to Karim why I stayed at PSG because we have a good relationship.’
The France forward announced he had signed a three-year deal with the Ligue 1 club
When asked about Benzema’s post during his press conference, Mbappe replied: ‘You don’t have to have done Saint-Cyr [French military training] to understand that it comes from above, right?
‘I didn’t want to overdo it. I know everyone was talking about Karim and Kylian, Kylian and Karim… but when we were with the national team, we were only talking about the evening meal. We weren’t talking about Real Madrid.
‘I didn’t didn’t want to force this thing. When we see each other, we’ll discuss it. He’ll ask me why and I’ll explain this choice to him.’
Real Madrid boss Florentino Perez had reportedly already informed his squad on Friday
Madrid boss Florentino Perez had reportedly already informed his squad on Friday that Mbappe would not be joining the side, according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.
Balague also appeared to suggest that Madrid and PSG were both willing to pay Mbappe a signing on fee of €150m – around £126.7m – alongside wages and bonuses.
However, Mbappe stayed loyal to PSG and celebrated his new contract by scoring a hat-trick in their 5-0 rout over Metz. Neymar and Angel di Maria also struck either side of half-time to seal the victory.
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