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Koke wanted inside track on Mbappe - Griezmann

Goal.com logo Goal.com 27-03-2017

France forward Antoine Griezmann claims Atletico Madrid team-mate Koke asked him for the inside track on teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe ahead of Spain's trip to the Stade de France.

Monaco striker Mbappe won a maiden call-up to Didier Deschamps' national squad following his prolific form for the Ligue 1 leaders, as well as scoring in both legs as Leonardo Jardim's side dumped Manchester City out of the Champions League.

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Speculation linking the 18-year-old to the likes of Real Madrid has followed and he could have his chance to impress against the cream of Spanish football in Tuesday's friendly.

Koke is among a plethora of enviable midfield options at Spain boss Julen Lopetegui's disposal and he was keen to know more about Mbappe, who made his France bow from the bench during Saturday's 3-1 World Cup qualifying win over minnows Luxembourg.

"Koke sent me a message to find out how Kylian (Mbappe) was," Griezmann told a pre-match news conference.

"It was Monday, I told him I had not seen anything yet but I was looking forward to seeing this week.

"Tomorrow I will see him and we will talk about young players, but I am happy with those who have just arrived.

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"We talk a lot about it in France and they have their heads on their shoulders, they work a lot in training. We see that they want to be part of this team so it is the best for us."

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France and Spain both suffered Euro 2016 disappointment in Saint-Denis, with the hosts enduring extra-time heartache in the final against Portugal, while Italy ended Spain's quest for a third consecutive European title at the last-16 stage.

"It's a prestigious game," Deschamps said. "There are no points at stake, as you know, but playing Spain, which is a leading country, gives a particular scent - as well as the matches against Italy or England.

"We often meet over the years, but it is a beautiful prospect and we are hoping that there is a beautiful show - especially from our side."

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