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Since news broke that the Spanish champions are intensifying their pursuit of Monaco frontman Kylian Mbappe, speculation has been rife that Karim Benzema or Gareth Bale will be sold to make way for the teenager.
It makes a fair amount of sense. A football team can only contain so many players, and Los Blancos aren’t intending to break the world transfer record merely to leave their new recruit on the bench.
Something, you would think, will have to give. But that’s not necessarily the case due to manager Zinedine Zidane’s fierce commitment to a rotation policy which would ensure that Mbappe receives plenty of playing time even if the current stars stay.
Rafael Nadal says if he had to put his money on one footballer to flourish with Real Madrid, he'd put it on French teenager Kylian Mbappe.
Nadal, who is a Real Madrid fanatic, is hoping Los Blancos sign the Monaco striker with reports in Spain suggesting a €180million bid was accepted yesterday.
The 31-year-old is predicting a bright future for the France international and speaking to his friend, retired tennis player Juan Monaco, on the Argentinean's TV show 'Con Amigos Asi', Nadal said: "For me, I would like them to sign Mbappe. He’s a very young player who has a great track record so far, and he’d be a very solid bet.
"It’s true that he’s very young, and the investment is big, but if they’d make me bet on anyone, I’d bet on him." Mbappe is actually a Nadal fan, and attended the French Open earlier this summer.
Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro has lauded Zinedine Zidane's influence at the club over the last two seasons.
Zidane has had a hugely successful start to his managerial career, with two Champions League titles and a La Liga triumph already under his belt in less than two full seasons at the helm.
The two Champions League successes created history, as Madrid became the first team to win the Champions League in consecutive seasons.
[inlinescript1] "With Zidane at the helm, we're a step ahead of the rest," Casemiro said.