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Benzema: 'Mbappé is a phenomenon' PSG

Publish on 09/10/2021 at 11:00

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Real Madrid superstar Karim Benzema is thrilled to be back in the France set-up and to be playing in the inaugural UEFA Nations League final alongside the likes of PSG whiz kid Kylian Mbappé.

Benzema recently made his return to Les Bleus after a long time out in the cold, and while things have gone extremely well for him personally, with five goals in six appearances - including two doubles and a superb finish in France's dramatic come-from-behind 3-2 semi-final win over Belgium on Thursday night - he is also thrilled to be playing alongside a certain lightning quick kid from the French capital.

'A great kid'

"Kylian is a lad with a lot of qualities," Benzema told Spanish sports daily As of the young superstar who also scored against Belgium, hammering home an unbeatable penalty to mark his 50th cap - aged just 22! - with a goal. "He is a phenomenon in terms of his football and his age. He is an extremely good player, and he is a great kid."

It's not just Mbappé that Spain will have to contend with on Sunday night, there is also Benzema's cross-town club rival Antoine Griezmann of Atlético Madrid marauding in forward positions.

'I love playing with them'

"I really like playing with Kylian, and also with Griezmann, who moves well in small spaces," continued Benzema. "It goes really well when we play together for France. I love playing with them."

Hopefully for Les Bleus and France fans around the world, this joy of playing together will translate into goals - and silverware - in Milan on Sunday night (20:45 CET).