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RB Leipzig sensation talks Benzema, Valverde, Modric, Vinicius, Real Madrid’s UCL success

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It is a tumultuous week for RB Leipzig, who have had to deal with the death of club owner Dieter Mateschitz.

However, the Bundesliga club were dealt a slight boost as Dani Olmo returned from injury. In light of the upcoming game against Real Madrid, the Spaniard has offered a long interview with Diario AS, where he talked about Madrid’s success, along with the likes of Luka Modric and Karim Benzema.

On whether he will play against Real Madrid on Tuesday: “We will see. I’ll barely have a week of training with the group. I still lack competition rhythm but the idea is to gradually join the team and hopefully, I can have a few more minutes than on Saturday.”

On facing Real Madrid for the first time: “That’s how it is. I haven’t been able to play against one of the best teams in the world yet and it would be very special to do so on a stage like the Champions League.”

On Real Madrid’s tag as ‘champions’: “Above all, many titles and many Champions (laughs). Madrid, due to their history and present, due to the players they have and their mentality, will always be among the favourites. They dominate this competition like no one else and it shows it every year.”

On his favourite player from Los Blancos: “There are many very unbalanced but I prefer Modric. Not only because of the time I spent playing in Croatia but because of the immense player that he is and how he performs at his age. 

“I like everything about him. He is one of my favorite players. He dominates the tempo of the matches, he makes it look very easy, reads the game perfectly, has impressive quality and he is incredible at making decisions. He does everything right.”

On Karim Benzema winning the Ballon d’Or: “He had a very good season and was a fundamental pillar to conquer everything that Madrid won.”

On the rise of Vinicius Jr: “I’m being honest. Even when he started at Madrid I thought he was a great player with a great future but that he needed a period of adaptation and it has been shown that this was the case. Things take time and processes must be respected.”

On Toni Kroos rating Federico Valverde as top three in the world: “Maybe not. Right now he is at a spectacular level. I don’t know if he is in the top three but he is among the best today. We are seeing it. I love him.”

On Real Madrid’s transfer activity in the summer: “Madrid are Madrid. There are entries and exits of players every season but they are always at the top, fighting for everything. The templates change but the team is still just as competitive.”

On speculations over his move to Santiago Bernabeu: “I don’t pay much attention to rumours. Let’s just leave it at that”

On what Real Madrid will find against RB Leipzig on Tuesday: “A strong team that needs to win and that will try to make it very difficult for them. Now we are in good dynamics. We will try to dominate the match.”

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‘We will see’ – PSG manager coy on Kylian Mbappe’s future

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has asked for patience regarding Kylian Mbappe’s future, saying that everyone must wait for the player and PSG to make an official announcement.

Now that the Ligue 1 team has qualified for the UEFA Champions League semi-final, the player is rightly expected to focus on the continental glory, keeping aside his impending move to Real Madrid.

Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Barcelona in the UCL quarter-final, Enrique said that he cannot comment on anything unless Mbappe himself releases a statement.

“Let’s wait for Kylian to speak about his future. When Mbappe and PSG will speak in public, we will see,” said Enrique as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“It’s like a process. Until Mbappe goes and speaks in public, I’m just here waiting and staying silent,” he added.

What’s going on with Mbappe?

Mbappe’s time with PSG is coming to an end as his contract expires this season, and if reports are to be believed, he has chosen to depart as a free agent.

Reports suggest he is set to join Real Madrid, with rumours of a contract already in place.

Kylian Mbappe scored two goals against Barcelona. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, it was suggested that PSG’s elimination from the Champions League could have hastened the process, potentially bringing Mbappe’s move to Madrid closer. 

However, their qualification for the semi-final, and the chance of facing Real Madrid in the final, mean any official announcement will likely be delayed.

As for the player, he revealed after the match that his future will not change even if PSG go on to win the UEFA Champions League. 

“Playing for the team from my country’s capital is very special, I dreamed of these play-offs when I came to PSG. It’s a great day for the club,” said the forward.

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