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Benzema and Mbappe partnership at Real Madrid is possible, says Perez

6:19 am AEDT 24/3/17
Kylian Mbappe Monaco
The teenager is attracting interest from all over Europe after some stunning performances which have not gone unnoticed at the Bernabeu

Florentino Perez has refused to rule out the prospect of Monaco star Kylian Mbappe playing for Real Madrid next season.

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The 18-year-old is currently one of the hottest properties on the continent after a stunning season with Leonardo Jardim’s side.

Mbappe has scored 19 goals already this campaign to help his side to the top of Ligue 1 and into the quarter-finals of the Champions League, where a tie with Borussia Dortmund awaits.

The forward has also been called up by France and is expected to make his international debut against Luxembourg or Spain.

A host of top clubs, including Madrid, have been linked with a move for Mbappe and Perez was coy when asked about the prospect of luring him to the Bernabeu.

“A duo of Benzema and Mbappé?” he told Radio Montecarlo. “Everything is possible, but at this time of the season, I don't want to talk about that."

Perez also insisted that he is keen to keep hold of Karim Benzema despite the France international having endured a difficult season.

Benzema has managed just eight Liga goals this season but Perez would be happy to keep him at the club for the rest of his career.

"Karim is a mix of Zidane and Ronaldo. He is the best No.9 in the world,” he added.

“I am convinced that he will stay and while now we do not talk about renewals, if it was up to me, I would keep him here during his whole sporting life.

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“I am very happy with Benzema and he has exemplary behaviour."

Madrid went into the international break top of La Liga by two points from Barcelona and having played a game less than their rivals.