Kylian Mbappe is "100 per cent" staying at Paris Saint-Germain amid links to Real Madrid insisted sporting director Leonardo, who revealed contract negotiations are progressing.

PSG star Mbappe scored as the visitors salvaged a dramatic 2-2 draw away to Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane reaffirmed his admiration for Mbappe on the eve of the Group A blockbuster, saying: "I am already in love with him".

Mbappe made an impact against his reported suitors at the Santiago Bernabeu, where PSG sealed top spot ahead of LaLiga giants Madrid.

Asked about Mbappe's future, Leonardo told RMC: "Mbappe will stay here, 100 per cent. He is a PSG player. The rest is the rest."

"We will see. We are advancing, advancing slowly but we are advancing," Leonardo added when asked about a contract extension.

France international Mbappe dazzled last season with 39 goals in all competitions as PSG won the Ligue 1 title.

This term, World Cup winner Mbappe has 10 goals across all competitions – including five in Ligue 1 for Thomas Tuchel's side.

There were enough sub-plots for Real Madrid's Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain to be turned into a feature-length film before a ball had even been kicked at the Santiago Bernabeu.

By the end of 90 breathless, pulsating and sheer joy-inducing minutes there were enough storylines to make a franchise that could rival even the lucrative Marvel series.

For 81 of those, Zinedine Zidane and his expensively assembled squad of Galacticos were almost tactically flawless.

The decision to hand Isco a first start in six weeks appeared truly inspired. The short, sharp passing in a midfield trio alongside Federico Valverde and Casemiro had PSG – who had dominated the same opponents 3-0 on matchday one – chasing white shirts with about as much success as an excitable dog longing to reach its tail.

If that problem wasn't big enough then the one caused by Eden Hazard would have given PSG's defence and head coach Thomas Tuchel nightmare-filled sleep for the foreseeable future.

Injury woes early in his Madrid career have meant it has taken Hazard a little while to get up to speed in the Spanish capital.

But for 70 minutes here, Hazard was utterly joyous – try as you might, taking your eyes of this Rolls Royce of a footballer was an impossible task.

Hazard was full of the sort of invention, creativity and genius nuances that convinced Madrid to part with over €100million to prise him from Chelsea.

It was as much a blow to the neutrals watching when Hazard was helped off the pitch following a strong challenge from Belgium team-mate Thomas Meunier as it was to Zidane and his Madrid team-mates.

That Hazard departing the pitch through injury became almost a footnote tells a story in itself about this classic of the Champions League genre.

Karim Benzema's second goal in the 79th minute should have been the cherry atop of a scrumptious cake for Madrid, who despite Zidane's protestations to the contrary would have had revenge in mind.

Granted it had taken a helping hand from the VAR, another of football's most divisive modern issues, to get that point.

The decision to overturn a red card for Thibaut Courtois – who rashly wiped out Mauro Icardi – for the softest of fouls from Idrissa Gueye on Marcelo earlier in the move appeared certain to dominate the narrative.

Even accounting for that let-off, it was another side-note in a game swimming with them that kept Madrid at bay.

Keylor Navas, who left for PSG having fallen behind Courtois in the goalkeeper pecking order at Madrid, was in inspired form – Benzema and Isco particularly left frustrated by his brilliance. That he was received so well by the home crowd speaks volumes of his contribution over five trophy-laden years at the Bernabeu.

Indeed it was his heroics that allowed Kylian Mbappe – the man so desired by Los Blancos fans – to take an almighty spanner and throw it directly into the works.

Those familiar with the story know Madrid have not exactly been quiet in expressing their admiration for the World Cup winner. Heck, even this week Zidane publicly declared his love for the rapid forward, who it is hard to imagine will not one day don the famous white of Madrid.

That love may have dwindled a little when Mbappe capitalised on a lack of communication between Courtois and Raphael Varane to hand PSG a precious lifeline.

Two minutes later, the irony will not have been lost on Zidane that the man to deny Madrid what would, in truth, have been a deserved victory to keep their hopes of finishing top of Group A alive was Pablo Sarabia – a player who graduated through the youth ranks at the Bernabeu.

Remarkably, only the width of a post denied one final twist and one so tantalisingly delicious it would not have been out of place in an M. Night Shyamalan film.

Gareth Bale, a man much derided by his own fans and the Spanish media for his 'WALES. GOLF. MADRID. IN THAT ORDER' banner celebration after Wales qualified for Euro 2020, stood poised over a free-kick 30 yards from goal.

This particular narrative only narrowly failed to play out. Had it done so the reactions would have been incredulity, shock and uncontrollable laughter. In that order.

When the dust settles, Zidane will analyse with forensic scrutiny Madrid's failure to first kill the contest through the numerous chances they created, and second to manage the game when two up with 10 minutes to go.

But for anyone without an affiliation for either of these two giants of European football, the only thing to do was sit back, jaws gaping, as the credits rolled on a match worthy of any big screen.

Zinedine Zidane admitted he was worried about Eden Hazard's ankle injury suffered in Real Madrid's 2-2 draw with Paris Saint-Germain.

Hazard was substituted in the second half at the Santiago Bernabeu, where Madrid gave up a 2-0 lead in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Zidane, whose team are guaranteed to finish second in Group A, is concerned about the injury blow.

"Yes, it's a worry," the Madrid coach told Movistar.

At his news conference, Zidane added: "It is more than a simple blow, but I hope it is less. I can't say right now.

"They have now gone to do tests and we will see."

A brace from Karim Benzema had put Madrid on track for victory with just 11 minutes remaining.

However, Kylian Mbappe and Pablo Sarabia scored in the space of two minutes to earn PSG a draw.

While unhappy with the result, Zidane said the performance from Madrid was pleasing.

"It has been a great match of the team. We keep growing. You have to be happy with the game," he said.

"Then with the result you cannot be happy but nothing happens. You have to be happy with what we did for 80 or 85 minutes."

Sporting CP captain Bruno Fernandes has ended speculation over his future by signing a new contract with the Portuguese club.

Fernandes, 25, had been a reported target for Premier League pair Manchester United and Tottenham, as well as LaLiga giants Real Madrid.

The Portugal international midfielder's contract with Sporting still reportedly runs until 2023, though his buyout clause is said to have been increased to €100million.

Fernandes been named Primeira Liga's Player of the Year for the past two seasons, after joining Sporting from Sampdoria in 2017.

"For me it is a great source of pride and recognition of my work, it is a sign that I am doing well," Fernandes told Sporting's official website.

"I have been doing everything possible to do my best for the club. 

"[The new contract] is because of what I have done on the pitch, but it also shows that I love being at Sporting and I am proud to represent this club."

Fernandes added: "You can expect more and even better things from me. I promise to show the same commitment and dedication so we can have more moments of glory than last season."

Eden Hazard will go for a scan on the ankle injury he sustained during Real Madrid's breathless 2-2 Champions League draw against Paris Saint-Germain.

The excellent Belgium forward limped off with 21 minutes remaining of the Group A fixture that saw Madrid blow a two-goal lead at the Santiago Bernabeu after Karim Benzema's double.

Madrid, who can now no longer finish top of Group A after late goals from Kylian Mbappe and Pablo Sarabia, will hope the damage is not too severe with Hazard continuing an upward trend in terms of his form against PSG.

"Hazard has an ailment in his ankle. They will test him. We have to wait," Madrid director Emilio Butragueno said in quotes reported by Marca.

Madrid were thwarted on several occasions by former goalkeeper Keylor Navas and Butragueno heaped praise on the Costa Rica star.

"Keylor is a man who left a great mark here," he added. "We all have a lot of love for him. He deserves all the applause."

Kylian Mbappe and Pablo Sarabia struck late to steal a 2-2 draw for Paris Saint-Germain at Real Madrid in a pulsating Champions League encounter that ensures the Parisiens top Group A.

Madrid appeared certain to avenge a 3-0 loss from matchday one thanks to Karim Benzema's double and a contentious VAR decision that saw a red card for Thibaut Courtois overturned just before the break.

But Mbappe, who Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane this week expressed his love for, scored shortly after Benzema's second before ex-Los Blancos midfielder Sarabia rifled home the equaliser.

There was still time for Gareth Bale to hit the post with a stoppage-time free-kick as the Welshman came mightily close to silencing his critics. 

It means PSG now cannot be caught at the top of the group, while Madrid – who lost the excellent Eden Hazard to injury with 21 minutes left – will lament wasting a host of glorious chances in a match they largely controlled, with their former goalkeeper Keylor Navas in fine form.

Thibaut Courtois had a red card overturned after VAR controversy reared its head towards the end of the first half of Real Madrid's Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.

The Madrid goalkeeper was given his marching orders for wiping out Maura Icardi as he raced through on goal, with referee Artur Manuel Soares Dias awarding a free-kick despite the incident appearing to take place in the penalty area.

It seemed VAR was checking to see if a penalty should have been awarded but the review then went back even further in the move to check for a shove on Marcelo by Idrissa Gueye.

Eventually it was deemed that incident was a foul, leading to Courtois' red being chalked off and Madrid protecting a 1-0 lead they had gained through Karim Benzema.

LaLiga president Javier Tebas believes compromises must be made regarding El Clasico kick-off times to cater for viewers in Asia and the United States.

Since Tebas' appointment in April 2013, LaLiga fixtures have been staggered in an attempt to maximise viewing figures across the globe.

The decision to stage matches on Mondays led to protests from supporters, forcing the Spanish Football Federation (SFF) to intervene earlier this year and scrap games taking place on that day.

And Tebas suffered another blow when the clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona was moved from Saturday October 26 to Wednesday December 18, with kick-off scheduled for 8pm CET.

That means viewers in Asia staying up into the early hours of the morning on a midweek day, but Tebas insists the high-profile fixture should have been rescheduled with a foreign audience in mind.

"Of the two Clasicos there are in a season, one should always be so people in Asia can watch without being asleep and the other should always be so people in the US can watch without being asleep," he told The Guardian.

"It is important to recognise that the followers of Spanish football are not just people who live in Spain.

"We must also respect the fans who are in Asia and the Americas – they are also contributing because they pay for their TV subscriptions, which in turn allows the clubs to pay big stars and helps turns LaLiga into a global product."

Tebas is taking a forward-thinking approach as part of his plans for LaLiga to overtake the Premier League as the most lucrative division in the world.

"Our cumulative global audience figure is more than 3.2billion but what that means is hard to say given the concept of an audience is changing," he said.

"Now it is also about 'users' and the minutes they are consuming your content. It could be people who are watching LaLiga matches but it could also be people who are watching highlights on another device. 

"This is a growing trend and why, as well as working to grow our audience, we are working towards having more users.

"I'm convinced in 10 years nobody will be taking about audience figures – instead we'll be taking about users."

Krepin Diatta scored a dramatic late equaliser before being sent-off as Club Brugge rescued a 1-1 draw against Galatasaray but ended up with nine men in a match that made certain of Real Madrid's place in the Champions League knock-out stage.

While the result ended both these two sides' hopes of progressing from Group A, Diatta's late goal leaves Brugge in the driving seat for third place and Europa League qualification heading into the final round of matches.

Fatih Terim's men came flying out of the blocks and caught Brugge out in the 11th minute, Adem Buyuk scoring with a neat piece of skill made easier by some pedestrian defending.

Thereafter the hosts were content to disrupt and frustrate the Belgian league leaders but were undone in second-half stoppage-time by Diatta's solo effort.

Both the Brugge winger and full-back Clinton Mata were shown second yellow cards for their respective roles in the goal celebrations, but it was the nevertheless the visitors who went home the happier side.

Before Brugge could settle, Omer Bayram sent a thunderous low free-kick swerving towards goal from 25 yards, forcing Simon Mignolet into a diving one-handed down to his left.

Bayram then turned provider when his cross found Buyuk with his back to goal and the striker chipped the ball up before spinning and rifling a shot into the bottom-far corner from just outside the six-yard box.

Brugge slowly worked their way back into the game and Lois Openda's smart near-post shot drew a reaction save from Fernando Muslera to keep Galatasaray 1-0 up at half-time.

Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis found himself with time and space inside the box early in the second half but dwelled too long on the chance and ended up shooting straight at Muslera.

Brugge substitute David Okereke was presented with a gilt-edged chance to equalise 11 minutes from time, when Federico Ricca played him clean through on goal, but he side-footed his shot wide of the far post.

Just as it looked as though Galatasaray had done enough, Diatta skipped inside Yuto Nagatomo and whipped a low, left-footed shot into the far corner of the net from 20 yards, prompting wild celebrations in which he was shown a second yellow card for removing his shirt while Mata received his marching orders seemingly for kicking the corner flag.

Neymar has been benched for Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League clash at Real Madrid.

The Brazil star returned from a month-long absence with a hamstring injury in Friday's 2-0 Ligue 1 victory over Lille.

However, with PSG already through to the next round head coach Thomas Tuchel has opted not to risk the fitness of the flamboyant forward.

Instead, Mauro Icardi, Angel Di Maria and Kylian Mbappe line-up in a front three for the Group A clash at the Santiago Bernabeu.

It marks the first time Neymar has started a Champions League match on the bench since November 2014 when he was at Barcelona.

There are few surprises for a Madrid side who are still yet to book their spot in the knockout stages, with a win against PSG guaranteeing a last-16 berth.

Gareth Bale remains on the substitutes bench amid an uneasy relationship with the Los Blancos faithful, following his celebration after Wales qualified for Euro 2020.

The forward held up a banner that read 'WALES. GOLF. MADRID. IN THAT ORDER' in an apparent dig at the Spanish press' perception Madrid have slipped down Bale's list of priorities.

Former Liverpool and Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso has been acquitted of tax fraud by a court in Madrid.

Alonso was accused of defrauding the Spanish tax office of almost €2million between 2010 and 2012, when he was at Real Madrid.

The Prosecutor's Office had called for a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence, but at a ruling on Tuesday, Alonso – who had always denied any wrongdoing – was found not guilty.

Two advisors to Alonso, Ivan Zaldua and Ignasi Maestre, were also acquitted.

Several high-profile names have been the subject of separate tax cases in Spain. 

In June 2018, former Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo – now with Juventus – accepted a suspended two-year jail term and total fine of €18.8million to end a dispute with authorities in relation to the taxation of image rights.

A year earlier, Spain's public prosecutor agreed to substitute a suspended 21-month prison sentence with a fine for Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

Alonso joined Liverpool in 2004 and spent five years with the Reds, winning a Champions League and FA Cup during his time on Merseyside.

He won another Champions League with Madrid, as well as a LaLiga title and two Copas del Rey before seeing out his career at Bayern where he collected three Bundesliga trophies and a DFB-Pokal medal.

Real Madrid still have work to do in their bid to reach the last 16 of the Champions League as they prepare for the visit of Paris Saint-Germain.

PSG are already through to the knockout stages and opponents Madrid can join them with victory at the Santiago Bernabeu.

On-loan striker Mauro Icardi has been in inspired form for the French champions since joining from Inter, scoring 10 times in 11 appearances.

The 26-year-old failed to register in the reverse fixture at the Parc des Princes – a 3-0 win for PSG in September – but he can make some history should he score on Tuesday.

Elsewhere, victory for Atletico Madrid away to Juventus will make certain of a last-16 spot with a game to spare, while Jose Mourinho takes charge of Tottenham in the Champions League for the first time as they welcome Olympiacos to north London.

Here is the pick of the key Opta facts for Tuesday's eight matches.

Galatasaray v Club Brugge

0 - Galatasaray are the only team in this season's Champions League yet to score. There have been six previous occasions in which a team have failed to score in their opening five games, including the Turkish side in the 1993-94 season.

1 - Club Brugge have won just one of their last 18 Champions League games, with that victory coming away at Monaco in November 2018.

Lokomotiv Moscow v Bayer Leverkusen

8 - Since the start of last season, no side have lost more Champions League matches than Lokomotiv.

4 - Leverkusen are without a win in their last four away games in the Champions League, failing to score in their past three outings – the German club's longest-such run in the competition.

Atalanta v Dinamo Zagreb

11 - Only Genk (12) have conceded more goals in open play in this season's Champions League than Atalanta (11).

36 - Dinamo have had the joint-fewest shots of any team in the Champions League this season, level with Galatasaray. They have the best conversion rate of any team, however, scoring with nine of those 36 shots (25 per cent).

Red Star Belgrade v Bayern Munich

11 - Bayern are enjoying their longest ever unbeaten run away from home in the European Cup/Champions League, going 11 matches since last tasting defeat.

7 - Red Star have lost seven of their first 10 Champions League games. Only four teams have lost more in their opening 10 matches - Sturm Graz, Rapid Vienna, Malmo, Maccabi Tel Aviv (eight defeats each).

Juventus v Atletico Madrid

25 - Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 25 goals against Atletico in all competitions - only versus Sevilla (27) has he netted more.

2009 - Atletico, beaten 2-1 at Bayer Leverkusen last time out, have not lost consecutive away games in the group stage of UEFA's showpiece competition since October 2009 when losing to Porto and Chelsea.

Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk

6 - City have won their last six home Champions League matches - the longest current run of any side. The last English team to have a longer run were Chelsea, with seven in a row at Stamford Bridge between March 2008 and February 2009.

0 - Shakhtar have lost on both of their visits to the Etihad Stadium, conceding eight goals without replay. The Ukrainian club have never lost each of their first three away games against a single team in the competition. 

Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain

8 - Madrid have won eight and lost none of their 11 Champions League home games against French opposition, winning the last five such matches in a row by an aggregate score of 15-1.

5 - PSG striker Icardi has scored against five of the six teams he has faced in the competition, the exception being Madrid (one game).  No player has ever faced as many as six teams and scored against every opponent, with the record currently held Milinko Pantic, who scored against all four opponents in 1996-97 for Atletico.

Tottenham v Olympiacos

0 - Tottenham have never drawn a Champions League group match on home soil, winning 10 and losing four.

8 - Olympiacos have lost their last six away matches in the competition. Not since between September 2001 and December 2003 have they endured a longer wait for victory on their travels.

Former Real Madrid midfielder Christian Karembeu backed Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe to join the LaLiga giants.

Mbappe continues to be heavy linked with a blockbuster switch to Madrid heading into Tuesday's Champions League showdown at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane has made no secret of his admiration for the 20-year-old France international, saying: "I am already in love with him", on the eve of the PSG's trip to the Spanish capital.

Frenchman Karembeu, who won two Champions League titles during his time at Madrid, tipped compatriot Mbappe to link up with Zidane's side.

"I think the next star or big move [in La Liga] will be [Kylian] Mbappe," Karembeu said via LaLiga when asked who will be the next French star in Spain. "I surprise you!

"Ok, we know that there's already [Ferland] Mendy [Madrid], [Ousmane] Dembele [Barcelona, [Karim] Benzema [Madrid]. There are rumours that [Manchester United midfielder Paul] Pogba will come.

"[Antoine] Griezmann [Barcelona] has shown his skills already. Why not, like I said, Mbappe?"

Mbappe – a World Cup winner in 2018 – has scored five Ligue 1 goals this season and nine across all competitions for Thomas Tuchel's PSG.

Thomas Tuchel has suggested Zinedine Zidane loves Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe more because he is unattainable.

Speaking ahead of Real Madrid and PSG's Champions League clash on Tuesday, Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane reaffirmed his admiration for the France international, saying: "I am already in love with him."

Tuchel laughed off suggestions he was angry with Zidane for his remarks, stating he is not the only one who loves the 20-year-old World Cup winner.

"I don't know how in love Zidane is with Mbappe, but we really love our player," he told a media conference.  

"The most important thing is that he is our player. We are happy to have him with us. When you can't have things you want, you want it even more."

PSG blew Madrid away 3-0 in their opening Group A game in September, but Tuchel is expecting a far tougher test at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"It is a different game for many reasons," he added. "Firstly, we are playing in Madrid – one of the hardest stadiums to play in. Madrid have leaders and captains all over the pitch.

"Now they are playing well and are in great form. They have a lot more victories and don't concede a lot of goals.

"It's really hard to play against Madrid now, especially when they are at home. But we are a well-balanced team. We are dangerous and we will pose a challenge for them.

"I'm really convinced it is time to grab the opportunity because we can be really dangerous if we work together and if we are patient. It is a good time to show people and prove that we are able to play a great game and a really hard one like this."

The Ligue 1 champions have already qualified for the knockout stages after winning all four of their group games.

Tuchel has demanded his side plays with the same intensity that has characterised their campaign so far when they face off against Zidane's men.

"We have showed great intensity with the ball during the group stage and it has been really impressive," he said.

"This is the key. Without the work of the whole team it is not possible to win games in the Champions League. If we want to win against Madrid it is mandatory to play like that. That will be the challenge and we have set the benchmark."

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane could once again face the wrath of Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo after declaring his love for Kylian Mbappe.

Mbappe, 20, is consistently linked with a move away from the Ligue 1 giants, where he has starred since arriving in 2017.

Zidane has long been an admirer of the France international and said last month it was Mbappe's dream to play for Los Blancos.

That led to Leonardo responding: "It annoys me a little and it bothers me. This is not the time to talk about this. He still has two and a half years of contract with us. It's time to stop all this."

Speaking ahead of Madrid's Champions League clash with PSG on Tuesday, Zidane once again expressed his admiration for the World Cup winner.

"You know that I have known him for a long time," he told a media conference. "I am already in love with him, firstly as a person, because he came to do a trial here a long time ago.

"On Tuesday he comes as a rival. What matters to me is what we are going to do and we are going to prepare for it. We know the player and we must be prepared."

Mbappe could line up alongside Neymar at the Santiago Bernabeu after the Brazilian superstar made his first appearance for a month in the Ligue 1 win over Lille on Friday.

Zidane believes the pair will be named in Thomas Tuchel's starting XI and expects a tough test against a side he ranks among the best in the world.

"Nothing changes for me because I think Neymar and Mbappe are going to play," he explained. "We are prepared in any case to play against any team.

"PSG is a very good team. I think it will be a great game. Since the beginning of the season they have not had many failures; they have lost very little in the league.

"I see a team that is progressing very well. They are one of the best teams in the world.

"They will demand a lot from us and we know that. In the end, we're going to need a lot of things – our heads, our hearts and a lot of good football. We need to work well with the ball."

Madrid are five points behind PSG at the summit of Group A but will qualify for the last 16 if they overcome the French champions.

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