Benzema speaks out on Kylian Mbappe Real Madrid snub
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Benzema speaks out on Kylian Mbappe Real Madrid snub

Karim Benzema has spoken out about Kylian Mbappe's choice to stay at Paris Saint-Germain rather than join them.

Following the end of his contract in Paris, Mbappe was generally anticipated to join Los Blancos on a free transfer this summer, and had apparently already finalized terms with Real ahead of his expected departure.

However, instead of joining Real, the 23-year-old did a sensational U-turn on his future and signed a three-year contract extension with PSG to stay with the club.

Benzema expressed his thoughts on the failed transfer after Real beat Liverpool 1-0 at the Stade de France on Saturday to win their record-extending 14th European cup.

In an interview with French outlet Telefoot, Benzema said: "I would have liked him to be able to fulfill his dream of playing for Real Madrid, being together. He chose PSG, we must respect him. It is his choice, he has many responsibilities.

"We will enjoy playing together in the national team. Everyone makes their own decisions. Real Madrid is Real Madrid, I am not disappointed. We are good friends, it will not affect our relationship."

After a five-year sabbatical and Benzema's restoration to the France national team in 2021, the two have forged a solid combination in the last 12 months.

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