"Uruguay is still among the most important teams in the world". However, Mbappe's speed has not been confirmed by any official site.
"We don't have renowned world-class players yet, but lots of good young players who are showing on a world stage that they're prepared to be courageous with the ball, try to play the right way, have shown some mental resilience as well over the last few weeks. I think he in the future will be the best player in the world and I'm very happy that I'll be going against him for a second time".
The match, between two sides rich with world-class attacking talent, should be close but Martinez said one significant factor set Brazil apart.
"France are one of the favourites to win this World Cup", Vermaelen said. "It will surely be weird for him too". "But, you know, we are progressing really well". That we have got players with super technique.
Messi and Ronaldo's early exits from the World Cup have opened the possibility that their Ballon d'Or duopoly could be broken for the first time since 2007.
"It has been a few years since he said what he said about me".
"When you see him at the age of 19 coming into the Premier League and making the impact he had with West Brom and seeing that slowly he was adapting to playing 90 minutes".
While other players have kept up a steady mantra of taking the tournament one game at a time, the 32-year-old defender make clear his vista was firmly focused on next Sunday's final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. "We have to defend as well as we can and then cause them pain when we have the ball". With only one loss under him, the five-time world champions arrived in Russian Federation among the main title favorites. "I would be very proud to show Thierry that he chose the wrong camp".
Information from Reuters was used in this report.