A visibly disappointed Karim Benzema snapped back at a reporter with a brutal response when quizzed on Kylian Mbappe's snubbing of Real Madrid.
Mbappe, 23, has sensationally penned an eye-watering deal at PSG until 2025 despite having already agreed to sign for the La Liga champions. The rising French star received a staggering £34million signing bonus from Los Blancos in December with all arrangements in place for a summer switch to the Spanish capital.
With his contract about to expire at the Parc Des Princes, Mbappe shocked the footballing world by instead opting to sign a new three-year deal. The new contract includes bizarre clauses such as a huge say in off-field decisions and appointments within PSG's hierarchy.
International teammate Benzema, 34, has already offered a cryptic response to Mbappe's snubbing. The free-scoring forward posted a photo of his injured hand pointing at a Real Madrid badge after it was confirmed his compatriot had penned a new deal in Paris.
Now though, Benzema appears to have confirmed his stance when confronted by a Spanish reporter ahead of Real Madrid's Champions League final clash against Liverpool. He said: "Mbappe? I would say that [Real Madrid] are going to play the Champions League final, and this is not the moment to talk about these little things.
"No, I prefer not to talk. I am not angry. I am focused on the Champions League final. It’s more important to do this than listen to other things."
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Despite refusing to confirm his obvious disappointment, Mbappe's last-minute U-turn has undoubtedly come as a huge blow to the Real Madrid striker. Benzema had previously gone on the record pleading with Los Blancos chiefs to sign his international colleague.
He said in April: "Yes, I say it often. I like to play with him in the national team and I would like to play with him at club level. I think we would score twice as many goals. Or maybe even triple!
"With Mbappe I understand myself well in the national team because we know what the other is going to do. For example, we both like to go to the left but we will never both be there at the same time."
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