Perez hopes Zidane can lure Neymar, Mbappe

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Madrid is set for a squad overhaul at the end of the season after the return of Zidane as manager, who replaced Santiago Solari in the wake of the three-time reigning champion crashing out of the Champions League last week.

The LaLiga giant has struggled this season after Cristiano Ronaldo left for Serie A champion Juventus, with Madrid third and 12 points adrift of league-leading Barcelona.

Madrid has long been linked with PSG star Mbappe and former Barca forward Neymar, and speculation over the pair has heightened after Zidane's return to the Santiago Bernabeu.

During Zidane's news conference, Perez joked that the French boss could play a role in luring his countryman to the Spanish capital.

"Zidane's French so maybe he could do something with Mbappe," Perez told reporters. 

When pressed on Mbappe, Perez replied: "Right now, all we are concerned with is ending the season well and start preparing for next season."

Neymar has continued to be linked with Madrid despite swapping Barca for PSG in a world-record €222million deal in 2017.

Asked who he would choose between Neymar and Mbappe, Perez said: "Both."


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