Madrid's Legend McManaman - Perez Would Prefer To Sign Neymar to Mbappe

Real Madrid’s legend, Steve McManaman has picked Kylian Mbappe as the star man to replace the departed Cristiano Ronaldo, but said that he believes that the club’s president Florentino Perez would rather prefer to bring in Neymar instead.

Ronaldo, ended is long spell with the Spanish giant this summer, joining Italian giant (Juventus) in a deal worth over  €100 million (£88m/$117m).

The European champions decided not to spend big this summer on star players like, Neymar, Mbappe, or Hazard, and end up signing Mariano Diaz from Lyon instead, with the 25-year-old even taking Ronaldo's old No.7 shirt.

Madrid will no doubt continue to be linked with the likes of Mbappe and Neymar, and McManaman feels the France World Cup winner would make more sense, although suggests Perez still has his eye on the Brazilian.

In an interview with Goal, McManaman said:"If Neymar comes, the situation will be difficult, because he previously played for Barca. I know Florentino [Perez] really wanted him.

"But when you need a reliable star figure for the next ten years, I think you have to bring in players like Mbappe. He's only 19 years old and seems to be a rising star.

"If I had to choose, I would go with the future, so I'd say Mbappe [as the ideal replacement for Ronaldo]."

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