Real Madrid have found a new hero in Jude Bellingham, so much so that the player they most desired even two months ago no longer tempts them.
The name of Kylian Mbappe has been the highlight of Spanish media so many times in recent years, for the Frenchman was always Florentino Perez’s ultimate dream signing.
Yet, the stars have not aligned for the massive move as unforeseen hurdles continue to emerge in every transfer window.
One last chance
According to reports from El Chiringuito, the 2024 summer transfer window will be Kylian Mbappe’s final chance to join Real Madrid from PSG.
The Merengues will then close the door and no longer entertain his name on their roster.
Moreover, it appears that the interest and movement must come from the player’s side for the transfer to go through next year.
After chasing after the Frenchman for over three years, Real Madrid and understandably vexed at his stance.
Yet, they dream of signing him and Manchester City striker Erling Haaland next summer.
So close, yet so far
The recent summer transfer window was, by far, Mbappe’s best chance to sign for the club of his dreams.
After all, his contract with PSG was expiring in a year and the club were under pressure to sell him.
The player publicly went on to announce his decision to leave PSG at the end of his contract, leading to his exclusion from the first-team pre-season dynamics.
While many thought it was a means to push for a move to Real Madrid, however, it never came to fruition.
Eventually, Mbappe was reinstated with the French club’s senior team after agreeing to compromise on some economic perks.
While the possibility that he will join Los Blancos on a free transfer next summer remains, there are rumours of a renewal floating around as well.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5
Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.
They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.
With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.
Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.
With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.
Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo