Pires predicts Mbappe’s next team amid Real Madrid and Liverpool interest

Arsenal legend Robert Pires has claimed Kylian Mbappe should sign for Real Madrid "if he wants to keep growing as a player".

Mbappe has been linked with a move away from Paris Saint-Germain, with both Real and Liverpool heavily mooted as potential destinations.

And Pires has tipped the 21-year-old to make the move to the Bernabeu, telling Spanish publication AS : "Of course. I’m French, I like Paris Saint-Germain and I’d like him to stay in Ligue 1, but if he wants to keep growing as a player, he should sign for Real Madrid."

Mbappe has previously spoken about his admiration for current Real boss Zinedine Zidane, saying: "If you're a boy and you're French, your idol is Zidane."

Zidane has reciprocated Mbappe's praise, saying: "You know that I have known [Mbappe] for a long time. I am already in love with him, firstly as a person, because he came to do a trial here a long time ago."

Mbappe's current deal with PSG is due to expire next summer and his former international team-mate Adil Rami has claimed the fact he is yet to agree an extension means he will leave the club.

Speaking to RMC Sport, Rami said: "I think it's done, especially since it's not moving forward in the discussions. You have the impression that it annoys him to talk about it, he does not talk about it with the club, his entourage.

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"And from the moment where it annoys him, it means he does not want to hear it. It is awkward for him. His future is all mapped out and it's sad for the Parisians, even for Ligue 1. I love this player."

PSG ambassador Youri Djorkaeff has claimed that Mbappe is part of a 'project' in Paris to win the Champions League and that he will leave once that goal is accomplished.

"I think that Mbappe will always have the right opportunity," he told Parisfans. "Now he's on a project. He is entering his fourth year in Paris, he's a young player.

"I don't see him staying at PSG for 10 years. His future is to win titles on all continents, something few French people have done. Last year he had a great opportunity to win the Champions League.

"Unfortunately, he didn't. This year he will still have the opportunity. The ideal [scenario] is that he wins it and then after he signs for a big club. Everyone will be happy."

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