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Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez has suggested that it may be too early to make a bid for AS Monaco forward Kylian Mbappé.
Mbappé, one of the most in-demand players in world football, has been linked with the Spanish giants, as well as Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool, and Arsenal.
Pérez called Mbappé “a very good player,” but said the 18-year-old may not be good enough for the Real first-team.
He told esRadio: “It’s not worth saying if we are going to bring in players who could be on the bench.”
He then called on Mbappé to have “have patience.”
Mbappé caught the attention of the football mainstream thanks to a series of excellent performances in Ligue 1 and the Champions League last season.
Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger was so impressed with Mbappé that he made a club-record bid of £87 million for the player earlier this month.
Though Monaco rejected the offer, Wenger may be enticed to come back with another bid now that he is able to offer something that Real cannot – first-team opportunities.
French publication Journal du Dimanche claims an up-front fee of €130 million (£115 million) would be enough to convince Monaco to do business. The player’s wage demands could exceed £140,000 per week.