Kylian Mbappe could emulate Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid, while Erling Haaland would be a great replacement for Karim Benzema, according to the club’s former assistant coach Jose Morais.
Morais spent three years at the Santiago Bernabeu working under Jose Mourinho, during which time Ronaldo helped Madrid overthrow Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona and claim the 2011-12 La Liga title.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner left for Juventus in a €112 million (£101m/$130m) deal in 2018 and his absence continues to be felt by Madrid.
Benzema has been more prolific since Ronaldo’s exit – he has 49 goals since the start of last season – but Morais believes Paris Saint-Germain star Mbappe and Borussia Dortmund striker Haaland have the quality to make the grade in Madrid.
Morais, now the head coach of Jeonbuk Motors, told Stats Perform: “I think Mbappe is definitely one of the players that can be a target for Real Madrid because he is still young and his quality, talent and strength is capable to project him into one of the best players in the world.
“This is the perspective Madrid wants and this is what you need as a player in order to attract the interest of Madrid. I definitely agree that Mbappe is a player that in the future could play for Real Madrid.
“I’m not there now and I have no idea if it will be a reality, but Madrid is definitely a club that every good player in the world would like to play for. I believe Mbappe would be pleased to go to Madrid.”
“I think [Haaland] is a great player. He’s also one of the young players with very great quality. His finishing qualities are unbelievable.
“Doing what he did in this short period for Dortmund and creating the impact that he created. I think that it is never too soon for a quality player to go to a club like Real Madrid.