Zidane would relish chance to work with Mbappe


Flying Betis left-back Junior Firpo is under consideration with Marcelo still likely to leave but Madrid could recall Achram Hakifi a year early from his loan spell at Dortmund.

Real have endured a disappointing campaign this season, sitting third in La Liga and suffering a shock Champions League exit to Ajax, with Zidane becoming Los Blancos' third manager of the season following the dismissals of Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari.

Zidane's departure and sudden return reminds one of a ideal relationship ending due to timing and other circumstances and now the Frenchman returns to his one true love having seen them take a massive fall from grace and will be hoping to rekindle the love affair between the manager, club and most importantly the fans.

Interest has been maintained since then, with a 20-year-old frontman now a World Cup victor and one of the finest players on the planet.

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"Gareth wanted to play one way and Zidane wanted him to play another", Barnett said via the BBC's Football Daily podcast. But Perez has dwindling support for the acquisition and Madrid have been deflated by the prospect of any punishment for PSG over breaking financial fair play rules likely to be a transfer ban which would only strengthen the French club's hold over their two top stars.

"If it doesn't work out, we will talk again". By one side you know the club, instead of spending time learning a club, you go to a club that you already know, you meet numerous players you already know.

Solari knew he was on borrowed time and with Madrid now sitting 12 points off the Catalan giants in La Liga, the Real hierarchy felt there was no need in wasting any time in making a change.

"Look, we'll change things", he said. "I am not here to make any lists, I am here to finish the season well, all together". I'm here because the president called me. I love him and I love this club, so here I am.