‘Sometimes, even when you are really living something, it feels like a dream’: Kylian Mbappe reveals unforgettable car journey with Zinedine Zidane after being invited for a training session at Real Madrid just before turning 14
- Kylian Mbappe was invited for a training session just before turning 14 years old
- Zidane drove the young French prospect to Real Madrid’s pitches for the session
- Mbappe, now a France World Cup winner, has revealed all about the session
Kylian Mbappe has opened up on his unforgettable car journey with Zinedine Zidane when he was invited for a training session at Real Madrid just before his 14th birthday.
The prodigious talent had attracted plenty of interest as a youngster, spending the majority of his time at AS Bondy before leaving for Ligue 1 outfit Monaco in 2015.
Mbappe, now a French World Cup winner shining in Ligue 1 for Paris Saint-Germain, had a trial at Chelsea at 11 and was then invited for training at Spanish giants Madrid when he was 13.
Kylian Mbappe has revealed all about his first meeting with Zinedine Zidane when he was 13
And he has since opened up on his incredible time at Madrid, recalling his experience meeting Zidane – then sporting director – for the first time.
Mbappe told The Players’ Tribune: ‘Then, right before my 14th birthday, I got an incredible surprise. My father received a call from someone at Real Madrid, inviting me to come to Spain for a training session over the holiday break. It was a shock, because they actually told my father, “Zidane would like to see your son.”
‘At the time, Zizou was the sporting director. Of course, I was over the moon. I was desperate to go.’
The 21-year-old then disclosed how Zidane sprung a surprise on the Mbappe family by meeting him at the training centre before driving him to the pitches.
Zidane watches Mbappe on the ball during Real Madrid’s Champions League clash with PSG
‘I will never forget the moment that we arrived at the training centre from the airport. Zidane met us in the parking lot by his car, and it was a really nice car, of course. We said hello, and then he offered to drive me over to the field for training. He was pointing at the front seat, like, “Go on, get in.”
‘But I just froze and I asked, “Should I take off my shoes?” Hahaha! I don’t know why I said that. But it was Zizou’s car!
‘He thought that was really funny. He said, “Of course not, come on, get in.” He drove me to the training pitch, and I was just thinking to myself, I am in Zizou’s car. I am Kylian from Bondy. This is not real. I must still be sleeping on the airplane.
‘Sometimes, even when you are really living something, it feels like a dream.’
The prodigious talent had a trial with Premier League giants Chelsea when he was just 11
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