Kylian Mbappe has played down Karim Benzema’s dig following his decision to reject a move to Real Madrid in favor of staying at Paris Saint-Germain. After agreeing to a contract with the Spanish champions, the France international appeared to be set on joining Madrid this summer.
However, the 23-year-old made a late U-turn and signed a new contract with PSG that will keep him with the French club until 2025.
Following Mbappe’s announcement, Benzema shared an Instagram photo of his hand pointing at the Real Madrid badge, as well as a photo of Tupac shaking hands with actor Stephen Baldwin. The image evokes sense of betrayal, as some believe the man in the image’s background betrayed Tupac.
‘Yes, yes, and I saw several Real Madrid players publishing things. I have nothing to say,’ Mbappe told Marca.
‘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.’
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.’