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Zinedine Zidane refuses to reveal which of Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland is his favourite

‘Whether one or the other, I won’t say’: Zinedine Zidane refuses to reveal which of Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland is his favourite young hotshot – but admits the two stars are ‘very good’ as Real Madrid weigh up moves for both

  • Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland were both on target in the Champions League 
  • PSG ace Mbappe netted a hat-trick against Barcelona and Haaland scored twice 
  • Real Madrid have been widely linked with a move for either of the two superstars 
  • But boss Zinedine Zidane has refused to reveal which of the two is his favourite 

Real Madrid have been linked with sensational big-money moves for both Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland – but Zinedine Zidane has refused to reveal which of the two in-form strikers is his favourite.

Paris Saint-Germain frontman Mbappe and Borussia Dortmund ace Haaland have terrorised countless defences this season and were both on target for their teams in the recent round of Champions League fixtures.

And with his team heavily touted to swoop for either of the two superstars this summer, Zidane was asked to comment on their budding rivalry. 

Zinedine Zidane refused to reveal who out of Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland is his favourite

Zinedine Zidane refused to reveal who out of Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland is his favourite

His answer was non-committal, however, although he did concede that both are ‘very good’.

‘I watch all the games and I like to see great things like any fan,’ he said. ‘They are both very good and very young, players of the present and for the future.

‘Whether one or the other, I won’t say, everyone has their own preferences.’

Mbappe netted a sensational hat-trick against Barcelona and has widely been linked to Madrid

Mbappe netted a sensational hat-trick against Barcelona and has widely been linked to Madrid

Mbappe netted a sensational hat-trick against Barcelona and has widely been linked to Madrid

Mbappe was found in red-hot form against Barcelona in midweek. His stunning hat-trick has all but sealed a spot in the next round for the Ligue 1 champions already.

Haaland, meanwhile, insisted Mbappe’s trio fuelled his desire to match his tally – and came agonisingly close after netting two goals in Dortmund’s first leg win at Sevilla.

Reports have indicated Madrid are keen to poach either of the young sensations in a long-term deal that would see them become the first-choice No 9 at the Bernabeu.

Sportsmail understands, however, that the club simply cannot afford to splash out on Mbappe this summer due to his eye-watering price tag. 

Haaland admitted Mbappe's tally spurned him on before an impressive showing against Sevilla

Haaland admitted Mbappe's tally spurned him on before an impressive showing against Sevilla

Haaland admitted Mbappe’s tally spurned him on before an impressive showing against Sevilla

It is believed PSG’s valuation of the 22-year-old stands at €200m (£173m) – and Mbappe’s hefty wage packet would only increase the package. 

As for Norway international Haaland, Madrid are reportedly hopeful of using starlet, and compatriot, Martin Odegaard to land him.

Mundo Deportivo have claimed that the LaLiga giants will use Odegaard as a ‘trump card’ to lure Haaland to the Spanish capital due to the players’ close friendship.

Sportsmail understands Madrid are not able to splash out on Mbappe this summer, however

Sportsmail understands Madrid are not able to splash out on Mbappe this summer, however

Ambitious Borussia Dortmund ace Haaland may prove a more realistic option for Madrid

Ambitious Borussia Dortmund ace Haaland may prove a more realistic option for Madrid

It has been reported that Madrid are keen on signing either Mbappe or Haaland this summer

Haaland’s desire for Champions League football will not pose a problem for Madrid, who trail neighbours and leaders Atletico by six points domestically.

Across all competitions this season, Haaland boasts more goals than Mbappe. 

The former Red Bull Salzburg man has 25 to his name, compared to the 21 netted by his newfound rival. 


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