Jamal Musiala has emerged as a rising star in world football lately, following his breakthrough at Bayern Munich.
At the age of just 19, the youngster has become a valuable member of the attacking team of Bayern, one of the strongest clubs in Europe. He has featured in almost 100 competitive matches for the Bavarians, racking up 24 goals and 15 assists.
Musiala, though, has recently raised a few eyebrows with his comments on Real Madrid, labelling the club as ‘mythical’.
“Real Madrid is a mythical club,” said Musiala (h/t Madrid Zone), whose comments come just before Bayern Munich’s contest against FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League.
With the German whizkid recently missing out on the prestigious Kopa Trophy and the Golden Boy Award, he will have a point to prove as he takes on a Barcelona squad that is likely to feature the winner, Gavi, in the middle of the park.
Musiala’s ability to run rings around the opposition defence could be useful as Bayern look to take advantage of Barça depleted backline.
Musiala, though, is one of few players in the current Bayern squad, who has not faced Real Madrid in their professional career.
The youngster, however, will be looking forward to meeting the Whites in the latter stages of the competition, with Bayern and Madrid tagged as two of the favourites to win the Champions League this season.
Real Madrid the most likely destination for Kylian Mbappe with Liverpool not pushing for transfer
Journalist Florian Plettenberg has affirmed that despite Liverpool’s continued interest, Real Madrid remain the most realistic destination for Kylian Mbappe either for next year or the year after that.
As far as PSG are concerned, the Ligue 1 champions are totally relaxed over the drama as they are now financially secure for his possible departure. Nonetheless, Liverpool are not at all pushing for the player which leaves Real Madrid as the only team as suitors.
Mbappe has declined an extension offer from PSG, as his current deal is set to expire in 2024 and the 24-year-old forward seems poised to determine his future destination sooner rather than later.
As for Real Madrid, while they have denied holding any talks with the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner, the interest in him has always been there as he remains one of the club’s main targets for 2024.
One last attempt for Mbappe?
Real Madrid have been chasing Mbappe since 2021 and while there have been instances when he almost joined, the move has always failed to materialise for some reason.
Last year, he ended up signing a new contract and this year, as he looked certain to leave PSG, a sudden change of heart saw him stay put. Now, there are going to be some repercussions of his continued ignorance.
These repercussions Mbappe will experience if rejects Madrid once again as it is said that the team from the Spanish capital is fed up with playing this game and if the move fails next summer, the door for Mbappe will be closed forever.
On the contrary, Plettenberg reports that it is not a matter of if for Mbappe, but a matter of when.
So even if they somehow miss out on his acquisition this summer, they will be able to sign him in 2025 as they are currently the only team running for his signature.