Kylian Mbappe recently published a letter on The Players' Tribune, in which the young superstar recalled training with Real Madrid as a youngster and his excitement on meeting his idol, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.
Titled ‘A letter to the young Kylians’, Mbappe takes us all on a journey of the early days of his footballing career when his father received a phone call from Real Madrid, who wanted to invite then-14-year-old Kylian for a week-long training session in Spain during the school holidays.
Mbappe wrote, "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."
He then made the trip to Madrid and met his idol Zidane, a moment he says he can never forget.
Mbappe said, "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’."
He continued, “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.’"
Revealing what happened next, Mbappe wrote in conclusion, "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. It was the same feeling at the World Cup in Russia.”